Soros Justice Fellow
Primary Office: Oakland, CA
Phone: (510) 835-8098
Fax: (510) 835-8099
Frankie Guzman, formerly NCYL’s Assistant to the Director, has graduated from UCLA School of Law and returned to NCYL as a highly prestigious Soros Justice Fellow. Frankie’s fellowship project will challenge the practice of prosecuting and jailing children in California's adult criminal justice system and advocate for alternative sentencing and local treatment for youth charged with serious offenses.
After graduating from UC Berkeley, Frankie worked at the Greenlining Institute and the National Center for Youth Law before attending law school. As a law student, Frankie served as President of La Raza Law Students Association and Pacific Regional Director of the National Latino Law Students Association. He has clerked at the Prison Law Office, and Public Counsel Law Center. Frankie is a recipient of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans and the Outstanding Achievement Award from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Division of Juvenile Justice.
There are few people better qualified to do this work. Frankie is himself a product of the juvenile justice system. When he was just 15 years old, he was convicted of armed robbery and sentenced to 15 years in the California Youth Authority. After serving six years, he was released on parole. After his release, he enrolled in Oxnard College and later transferred to UC Berkeley, where he earned a BA in English. The rest, as they say, is history.