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.”