Host organization: The Public Defender Association
Martina Kartman will support communities impacted by the criminal legal system, addressing the harms associated with interpersonal and state violence, and pushing for alternatives to punitive sentencing.
Kartman holds a JD from the University of Washington School of Law, where she was a William H. Gates Public Service Law Scholar. During law school Kartman focused on challenging imprisonment as a frontline intervention to harm as a fellow at the Center for Human Rights' Rethinking Punishment Project, and an advocate with API Chaya and the Race and Justice Clinic. Prior to law school, Kartman worked with Columbia Legal Services, where she was a driving force of a coalition that passed a “ban the box” ordinance aimed at reducing barriers to reentry for persons with criminal records. Kartman has been honored with several awards, including the Karin Stromberg Contribution to Social Justice, the Herring Phelps Award for Scholarly Activism, and the Meena Vashee Scholarship for Survivors. She holds degrees in gender, women, and sexuality studies as well as law, society, and justice from the University of Washington.