Leslie Martinez is a designer and researcher who works at the intersection of immigration and design. In May of 2016, she graduated from NYU’s MS in Integrated Digital Media a program housed within the Dept. of Technology, Culture, and Society at the Tandon School of Engineering. While at NYU, she was an active member of Design for America of NYU where she designed a community-centered program to empower women in a slum of Kathmandu, Nepal.
In March of 2017, Leslie started a 14-week residency at TED Conferences. While in her residency Leslie will continue her research in redesigning ways unaccompanied immigrant children can access ‘know your rights’ information. She recently organized Hack the Ban, a hackathon that matched creatives and technologists with organizations supporting the Muslim and immigrant communities of New York City.
She is currently the Program Manager for the Ecologies of Migrant Care Initiative at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.
Leslie is associated with the NYS Courts Signage Project