San Francisco Public Defender
Manohar Raju is the San Francisco Public Defender and a founding member of Public Defenders for Racial Justice.
A son of immigrants from India, his pursuit of justice is rooted in his acute awareness of the ramifications of social inequalities. Despite coming from a farming village, his parents managed to emigrate to America, where they raised Mano on the East Coast.
Mr. Raju completed his undergraduate degree at Columbia University, and holds a Master’s degree in South Asian Studies from U.C. Berkeley, where he also earned his law degree. He worked as a Deputy Public Defender in Contra Costa County for seven years before he was recruited by Jeff Adachi to join the SF Public Defender’s felony unit in 2008. Due to his impressive practice as a felony line attorney, he was promoted to be the Director of Training and then Manager of the Felony Unit.
Mr. Raju is deeply committed to a client-centered approach to defense work. “Our impact is not measured in numbers, but in the people we represent,” he said. “It’s by the mother who can return home to her family. The son who can continue to work to support his family. And to the children of those we defend, who benefit from having an equal opportunity to survive and who might one day use that opportunity to lead.”
The personal interest he takes in his clients’ lives helps fuel him not only to fiercely litigate and win cases, but also to raise his voice against the inequities he and his clients encounter in the criminal justice system. It has earned him the loyalty of his entire Department and the confidence of Mayor London Breed, who appointed him to fill the post in March 2019. As Public Defender, Mano will continue to uphold the office’s reputation not only as a formidable group of lawyers, but also as a catalyst for criminal justice reform.
Contact: 415-553-9617 or http://sfpublicdefender.org/
Patricia “Patti” Lee
Deputy Public Defender-Juvenile Unit Manager
Patti Lee has been a Deputy Public Defender in San Francisco and has been practicing in the Juvenile Court since 1981. She is the managing attorney of the Juvenile Unit. She is on the board of National Juvenile Defender Center, She is on the Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee of the Judicial Council, Center for Families Children and the Courts. She was a core member of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice. She is a member of San Francisco Mayor London Breed’s Blue Ribbon Task Force to reform the San Francisco juvenile justice system and she is the Chairperson for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Working Committee to Close Juvenile hall.
Contact: 415-753-7610 or http://sfpublicdefender.org/
Lyslynn Lacoste, is a New York Bar licensed attorney from Boston, Massachusetts. For more than fifteen years, she has diligently served youth through leadership development, mentoring, and juvenile justice reform. Lyslynn began her career in youth development while working closely with local community centers, Boys and Girls Clubs, and Boston Centers for Youth and Families. After witnessing too many young men of color enter the revolving door of the juvenile justice system, she ventured into Suffolk University Law School to focus on juvenile justice reform and prevention. As a law student, Lyslynn honed her skills through meaningful internships at Suffolk’s Juvenile Justice Center and New York’s Legal Aid Society. As the Director of BMAGIC, Lyslynn brings her experience and excitement to continue strengthening the community collaborative and support the more than 75 community-based organizations, school, faith–based organizations, and city agencies that serve Bayview Hunters Point. She holds a BA in Political Science with a minor in Latin American Studies from Boston University.
Frank Martinez is proud native Californian, originally from Whittier in LA County before moving to San Francisco in 2002. Frank has worked for the benefit of others, in Social Services and Healthcare and has served the PLWA (People Living with HIV/AIDS) community for over 15 years. He began working for Children and Family Services of Orange County before moving into healthcare and working to provide quality care and access for the under served immigrant Latinx Community in the San Francisco Mission District. He worked with volunteers and development as the Community and Volunteer Manager for AIDS Emergency Fund. Before coming to BMAGIC he returned to Mission Neighborhood Health Center working for the Director of HIV services, to continue the quality care and access for Latinx community living with HIV. Frank is now the BMAGIC Program Coordinator and manages the BMAGIC Convener Collaborative. He works to improve the quality of life of our residents and to provide equitable access for services, education, workforce development and community capacity building with the Community Based Organizations. He looks forward to helping maintain and grow the relationships BMAGIC has with the community and to serve and support Bayview Hunters Point.
Community Outreach & Program Assistant
Moira Dumo is a San Francisco native, alumni of Phillip & Sala Burton Academic High School and currently working on obtaining her degree in Criminal Justice. For over fifteen years, she has managed the operations of several stores within the Bay Area. As the Community Outreach & Program Assistant, Moira has assisted with the planning and coordination of BMAGIC’s Literacy is Freedom Book Fair, Back to School Celebration & Backpack Giveaway, Bayview Hunters Point National Night Out, and the production of the bi-annual BMAGIC Resource Guide. She curates the weekly Community Calendar, along with the quarterly Volunteer Newsletter. Moira looks forward to continuing her support and collaboration with all of the organizations, agencies and schools that strengthen and serve Bayview Hunters Point children, youth and families.