Trish Martinez, Truth to Power Honoree


Trish Martinez is a Diegueño and Yaqui Native American and is a citizen of the Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians of San Diego County in California. She is a trailblazer both within and beyond her tribal communities as an advocate for the disenfranchised, abused and forgotten. As as the Native Liaison for the San Diego Human Trafficking Advisory Council, Martinez is a leader among the movement to end human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children. She recently addressed the United Nations 61st Commission on the Status of Women on Human Trafficking in Native Country.  Trish Martinez is an example of how individuals can help mobilize others to become filled with renewed hope, addressing human rights violations happening in their communities, region, and nation.