Khalil A. Cumberbatch

Khalil A. Cumberbatch is a nationally recognized formerly incarcerated advocate for criminal justice and deportation policies reform. Since his release from NYS prison in 2010, his efforts have led to the passing and adoption of policies and legislation which reduce the footprint of the criminal justice system and highlighted the intersection of immigration and criminal justice policies. Khalil currently serves as Senior Advisor to New Yorkers United for Justice (NYUJ) and is a Senior Fellow at the Council on Criminal Justice. Khalil is also a lecturer at Columbia University. In December 2014, Khalil was one of two people to receive an Executive Pardon from New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to prevent his deportation from the United States. Khalil previously served as Chief Strategist at NYUJ, and prior to that was the Associate Vice President of Policy at the Fortune Society.