President/Founder of Beyond the Box Initiative (BTB)
Leyla Martinez is a formerly incarcerated student at Columbia University, studying Human Rights. She is also the President/Founder of Beyond the Box Initiative (BTB), which is an organization that seeks to eliminate structural barriers to higher education, housing, employment and civic participation for people who have criminal convictions.
Prior to starting BTB Leyla was a Program Coordinator at the Center for Justice at Columbia University where she helped to organize events like the annual Beyond the Bars Conference, Unlocking Potential: Education is the Key and many others.
Ms. Martinez is a criminal justice reform advocate, College Liaison @ The Women's March and Community Liaison @ Hope House NYC. She has been invited to speak on panel discussions at The White House, Google, UCLA, Columbia University and other venues to discuss the devastating effects of incarceration on women, children and communities.