Martina Kartman is a Soros Justice Fellow at the Public Defender Association. Martina partners with community leaders in Seattle-King County, and The UW Center for Human Rights’ Rethinking Punishment Project to support community based responses to interpersonal and state violence. Her focus is on moving away from imprisonment as a frontline approach to addressing violence, and building responses to harm that uphold the needs, humanity and dignity of all impacted people.
Martina has dedicated her career to working with people whose lives are affected by the criminal legal system. Prior to joining PDA, Martina worked at the Seattle Office of Civil Rights as a Civil Rights Analyst, and Columbia Legal Services Institutions Project, where she corresponded with people institutionalized in all of Washington State prisons, jails, and mental health facilities, and supported a coalition that passed a “ban the box” ordinance aimed at reducing barriers to reentry for persons with criminal records. In law school, Martina was a Human Rights Fellow at the Rethinking Punishment Project, and an advocate with API Chaya and the Race and Justice Clinic.
Martina received the UW Bonderman Fellowship, Karin Stromberg Contribution to Social Justice, the Herring Phelps Award for Scholarly Activism, and the Meena Vashee Scholarship for Survivors. Martina is a graduate of the University of Washington with a B.A. in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, and Law, Society, and Justice. She holds a JD from the University of Washington School of Law, where she was a William H. Gates Public Service Law Scholar.