As a young child, Martin knew he wanted to pursue criminal justice. As early as first grade, birthday cards from other kids would wish him good luck as a future police officer. While he isn’t necessarily going into policing, Martin has stayed true to his desire to help others in the field of criminal justice.
Martin’s parents encouraged him to do whatever he wants to do, as long as it makes him happy. With a family of doctors and lawyers, Martin has always been driven by his desire to help people. He finds that working in law enforcement is a way to meaningfully serve others, by preventing would-be crime.
As a local from Wayland, MA, Martin was drawn to the high ranking and overall strength of Northeastern’s criminal justice program.
In the fall of 2014, Martin began his journey at Northeastern in London in the N.U.in program. While studying in London, Martin volunteered as a tutor in computer and organizational skills for kids in the South Kensington Library. Back on campus, Martin continued to pursue his lifelong passion for criminal justice.
Martin emphasizes how his professors have helped him make connections between lessons and “real-world knowledge.” Faculty in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice provided Martin with engaging opportunities to apply his knowledge and experiences to case studies and research. Martin values how professors bring a “level of connection that ties real world experiences to their lessons.”
For Martin, the best of example of this real world applicability has been CRIM 3500: “Policing a Democratic Society” with Steven G. Catalano, Special Advisor to Chief of Police at Harvard. By connecting coursework to his law enforcement experience, Professor Catalano enabled Martin to explore the complex nature of the profession and understand the realities of a policing career.
Martin’s co-op work experiences solidified his commitment to working in the field of criminal justice.
In spring 2016, Martin embarked on his first co-op as the Student Trainee with the Drug Enforcement Agency out of Watertown, MA. He worked closely with Special Agents (SAs), Task Force Officers (TFOs), Intelligence Analysts (IAs), and Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) to assist in drug related organized crime investigations.
For his second co-op in the spring of 2018, Martin worked as the Financial Intelligence Research Assistant for the Boston Private Bank and Trust Company. His responsibilities involved writing reports about money laundering and fraud to submit to the US Dept. of the Treasury, as well as investigating wire transfers from high risk jurisdictions to combat money laundering and fraud.
For Martin, law enforcement is “almost like working a puzzle all day” – through co-op, Martin learned the importance of “understanding all angles of information in order to create the strongest case possible.”
Martin has developed a close relationship with Professor Jacob Stowell, whose research is interested in patterns of violence across immigrant and non-immigrant neighborhoods. Drawn to the relationship between statistics and justice, Martin’s Capstone Project with Dr. Stowell seeks to evaluate police program implementation to reduce biased crime against the LGTBQ community. Even though prevention policies exist, Martin’s thorough evaluation would be the first on the scene. Martin notes how it’s necessary to assess policies and then adjust accordingly, but that evaluation just hasn’t happened yet when it comes to preventing LGTBQ-biased crime: “this analysis is important to know how we can collect better data and to improve program effectiveness.”
In a service-learning writing class, Martin had the chance to take an interdisciplinary approach to two of his passions: environmental justice and sustainability. He created a research project centered around composting behaviors of students and on-campus eateries.
Through Martin’s leadership role within “Huskies Environmental Action Team,” a sustainability-driven student group, he was able to elevate his research findings and organize a proposal to the Office of Sustainability to reform on-campus composting behaviors. He hopes to help improve Northeastern’s standard of sustainability.
Martin is an active member with NU Barkada, the Filipino student association. “Barkada” translates to “group of friends” in Tagalog, a Filipino language. Through this community, he connects with Filipino culture and heritage and a “caring community with awesome people.” Martin has held leadership roles since 2017, and helps run events, such as a spring culture show that features over 50 dancers.
After graduating in May 2019, Martin hopes to become a Double Husky and enroll in Northeastern’s Information Assurance and Cyber Security Program. After pursuing a graduate degree, Martin plans to apply to work with federal law enforcement, so he can keep fulfilling his dream of helping others by preventing crime.
“We have ideas of these boundaries between disciplines, but I’ve learned that it’s necessary to go beyond those barriers. Criminal Justice pulls from political science, public policy, urban sciences, sociology, even math! All of these fields come together, and I think what’s important is collaboration across backgrounds to create an unique perspective. It’s important for everyone to understand why an interdisciplinary approach is so crucial to get the whole picture and have successful policies.”
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