Carl Hamad-Lipscombe is a Bronx-born human and civil rights defender with over 15 years experience organizing and advocating around issues of policing, mass incarceration, immigration enforcement, and the rights of prisoners and detainees on the local, state, and national levels.
Carl currently serves as Director of Advocacy & Policy at Brooklyn Community Bail Fund. Previously he served as a program officer at Arnold Ventures and as Deputy Director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration where he led the organization's policy, communications, & fundraising initiatives. Carl’s robust social movement experience also includes work as a litigator on behalf of indigent criminal defendants, undocumented immigrants, and political prisoners; as a faith and community organizer; and as a campaign strategist for labor unions, worker centers, and national coalitions. In addition to his advocacy work, Carl is a board member of AfterWork Theater and served on the advisory board of Mayor’s Office of Thrive NYC’s Crisis Response Team. His work has been covered by MSNBC, ABC, BBC, Vibe, Essence, and Time.com, among other outlets. Carl received a B.A. in Philosophy from Brooklyn College and a J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University. He also studied urban planning & public policy at New York University.
Black Alliance for Just Immigration
My work at the nexus of immigration & criminal justice is informed by my direct experience.