Khalil Cumberbatch


Khalil A. Cumberbatch is a formerly incarcerated advocate for social justice in New York City. He serves as a Policy Associate for the Legal Action Center, the only non-profit law and policy organization in the U.S. whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in those areas.

Mr. Cumberbatch has worked within the reentry community in NYC since 2010, when he was released after serving almost seven years in the NYS prison system. He is Founder and President of Kinetic Solutions, a consultant company that focuses on the assessment, implementation, and management of multiple social media outlets for companies within the NYC area. He also served as the Communications and Development Manager and periodic guest host for On The Count: The Prison and Criminal Justice Report, a radio program that is exclusively hosted and produced by formerly incarcerated individuals.

Mr. Cumberbatch served as the Strategic Initiatives Consultant at Immigrant Defense Project, a legal impact-litigation non-profit that promotes fundamental fairness for immigrants accused or convicted of crimes. In 2014, he was one of two recipients of an Executive Pardon from NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo to prevent his deportation from the United States. He was selected from over 110 applicants as one of 20 leaders in JustLeadershipUSA’s 2015 Inaugural Leading With Conviction Development Program.

Mr. Cumberbatch graduated from CUNY Herbert Lehman College’s MSW program in May 2014. He was awarded the Urban Justice Award for his work with underserved and marginalized communities affected by mass incarceration, high poverty and unemployment rates, lack of access to quality education, and other ineffective social “safety nets.”



    1. The Fortune Society
      • Bring Alvaro “Khalil” Cumberbatch Home
        Channel :- The Fortune Society
        Published On :- 2014-August-8th
    2. Bridge Church
      • Soul Cafe: God of Freedom – Guest Speaker: Khalil Cumberbatch
        Channel :- Bridge Church
        Published On :- 2017-Oct-27th
    3. The { } And
      • Chamika and Khalil Cumberbatch
        • Formerly Incarcerated Father Opens Up to Daughter | {THE AND} Mia & Khalil
          Mia & Khalil, a father and daughter separated for years by the federal prison system, discuss the hardship that has defined their relationship. 9 year old Mia bravely opens up about what it meant that her father was incarcerated, and Khalil, now a criminal justice reform activist at JustLeadershipUSA, can only admire how strong his daughter has become.

          • Videos
            • Smaller Clip
              Published On :- 2017-Oct-4th
            • Full
              Published On :- 2016-Oct-10th
    4. The Window | Khalil – Life in Immigration Detention
      • Video
        • The Window | Khalil – Life in Immigration Detention (Part 1)
          A Guyanese transplant to New York, Khalil came of age as an inmate in maximum security facilities during his twenties. After his release, he dedicated his life to education, social justice and his family, only to be taken away by immigration detention, and possibly deported after 25 years in the United States.
          Channel :- The Skin Deep
        • The Window | Khalil – Life in Immigration Detention (Part 2)
          Following his session of The Window, Khalil, was at a loss of words processing the amount of love and support his family and friends showed him during their reflections of his struggle in Immigration Detention. Here is what he finally said about the eye-opening experience.
          Channel :- The Skin Deep
        • I Went To Prison And My Dad Never Called. Now I’m Calling Him. | MORAL COURAGE EP. 35
          Channel :- MoralCourageChannel
          Published On :- 2015-Oct-5th
          My entire incarceration I never received one letter, or a visit, or a call from my father. This video follows my journey to reconnect with him in a meaningful way.


Soul Cafe: God of Freedom – Guest Speaker: Khalil Cumberbatch

  1. Prison System
    • 2.4 million men, women, and children incarcerated
    • 5% of the World’s Population, 25% of the World’s incarcerated population
  2. Brother James
  3. Exceptional?
    1. My story is exceptional
    2. But, I am not exception
    3. product of exceptional opportunities
  4. Responsibility
    • System gives the opportunity to people
  5. Grew up
    • Southside Jamaica Queens, New York
      • Historial one of 7 counties that feed 70% of the Prison System
  6. Culture
    • Normalized, Glorified
    • Flawed perception of who I was supposed to be
    • Law Enforcement
      • Occupiers
      • Spoken to as less than
  7. We are who we have been waiting for



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