Marty's Story

Martin Gottesfeld, 33, is a human rights advocate and Senior Systems Engineer born and raised in Andover, Massachusetts. He was arrested on February 17th, 2016 and is being prosecuted under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) by Carmen Ortiz’s office.

Marty faces allegations that he conspired with members of the “hacktivist” group Anonymous to organize an online sit-in of Boston Children’s Hospital’s public website, in no way harming patients or exposing private information. At the time, an international campaign was underway to stop the torture (please begin this video at 5:13) save the life of 15-year-old Justina Pelletier.

To see Justina describe her experience in her own words, see this video (beginning at 5:13.) (Note: Unfortunately, this site may play a loud auto-start advertisement before beginning the video.)

Marty faces a max of 25 years in prison and $380,000 in restitution to Justina’s tormentors. His public defender is mounting a vigorous defense on his behalf, and needs your help.

Marty has dedicated years of his life to fighting for the human rights of institutionalized children. He would often spend 8 hours at his job, come home, and spend another 8 hours campaigning against child abuse. He never profited from his activism. Before over a dozen FBI agents raided his home and took every computer he owned, he and his wife opened their guest bedroom to survivors of the “troubled teen industry,” powerful and politically connected for-profit organizations with an extremely well documented record of atrocities against children.

Before over a dozen FBI agents raided his home and took every computer he owned, he and his wife opened their guest bedroom to survivors of the “troubled teen industry,” powerful and politically connected for-profit organizations with an extremely well documented record of atrocities against children.