Since 2009, Barbara A. Martinez has served as the Chief of the Special Prosecutions Section at the United States Attorney’s Office in Miami. She supervises federal prosecutors who handle cases involving human trafficking, child exploitation, and violent crime involving death or serious bodily injury.
Ms. Martinez is also the Human Trafficking Coordinator and the Project Safe Childhood Coordinator for the Southern District of Florida. She currently serves on the Department of Justice’s Nationwide Investigations Advisory Committee, which is a working group in the area of child exploitation prosecutions. Ms. Martinez also teaches a human trafficking seminar at the University of Miami School of Law.
Some of her notable honors and awards include: 2018 Attorney General’s Award for the prosecution of a case involving sex trafficking of minors in Honduras; 2018 Dade County Bar Association’s Women of Distinction Government Award; 2016-2017 Harvard Law School Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow; 2015 Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) for the prosecution of a sex trafficking case involving more than 50 adult victims; 2013 Women in Federal Law Enforcement’s Top Prosecutor Award; DOJ’s 2011 Outstanding Overall Partnership Coalition Group Award for her work and contributions on cases involving domestic sex trafficking of minors; and the 2005 DOJ’s Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an AUSA for the prosecution of a production of child pornography and sex tourism case involving more than 100 victims.
Ms. Martinez earned her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and her B.A. in Criminal Justice from University of Texas at San Antonio. She joined DOJ in 1997 as a Trial Attorney through the Attorney General’s Honors Program. She worked for the Fraud Section in the Criminal Division from 1997 until 2000, when she joined the USAO.