Carl Lipscombe

Black Alliance for Just Immigration
Deputy Director

Key Topics: Immigration policy including interior and border enforcement; the intersection between criminal and immigration law; family-based and diversity visas; temporary protected status; state and local immigration enforcement; sanctuary cities; immigration bond reform; Black immigrants; immigrant integration; mass criminalization including policing, mass incarceration, bail reform, and criminal procedure; grassroots organizing and civic engagement; cross-racial alliance-building

Bio: Carl Lipscombe is the Deputy Director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), a national organization that brings together Black immigrants and refugees and African Americans to fight for racial justice, migrant rights, and economic equality.

For nearly fifteen years, Carl has organized poor Black and immigrant workers, voters, and communities; litigated on behalf of indigent criminal defendants and undocumented immigrants; and worked with grassroots organizations, worker centers, and unions to affect policy change on the local, state, and national levels. Additionally, Carl has worked as a public defender in the Bronx where he represented over 400 indigent defendants in criminal court and related proceedings and has served as President of the NYC Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.

He’s published numerous articles and opinion pieces on immigration enforcement, policing, mass incarceration, and detention, is a co-author of BAJI’s recently released report, The State of Black Immigrants, and a widely recognized expert on issues impacting Black immigrants.  A native New Yorker, Carl studied public policy at NYU and has degrees in philosophy and law.

Selected Speaking Experience

  • 2017 Color of Surveillance Conference, Georgetown University. June 2017
  • “The State of Black Immigrants in NYC,” NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. March 2017
  • “What’s at Stake: Immigration,” Free Speech TV. February 2017
  • Panelist, “Perspectives on the Fight for Black Lives,” CUNY Law Review Symposium. November 2016
  • Panelist, “Issues Affecting People of African Descent in the U.S.” Hearing conducted by the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent January 2016
  • Guest Lecturer, “Race & Public Policy,” Columbia University – SIPA. January 2016 and January 2016