Carl Lipscombe

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Carl Lipscombe


Carl Lipscombe is Black Alliance for Just Immigration’s Policy Coordinator and a Bronx-bred policy advocate, organizer, and attorney. Throughout his career, Carl has organized poor Black and immigrant 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.

Most recently, Lipscombe worked with the National Guestworker Alliance where he provided research, policy development, and capacity building assistance to worker associations nationwide seeking to expand labor protections low-wage immigrant workers. Previously, at Right to the City, Carl coordinated policy working groups focused on affordable housing, environmental justice, and urban development. Carl began his career at Jobs with Justice, where, as organizing director, he mobilized poor black and immigrant community residents, low-wage workers, and students to support labor and economic policy campaigns. While at JWJ, he also led NY VOTE, a five year initiative that built the capacity of local grassroots organizations to engage voters in their communities.

In addition, Carl has worked as a trial attorney at The Bronx Defenders, where he represented over 400 indigent defendants in criminal and related proceedings and as a legal advocate at the Cardozo Immigration Justice Clinic, Carl won a successful challenge to an illegal ICE home raid, helped an undocumented immigrant obtain administrative relief, and wrote a guide for groups seeking to fight immigration detention centers in their communities, while working at Cardozo’s Immigration Justice Clinic.

Carl received a B.A. in philosophy from Brooklyn College, studied public policy at New York University, and received a law degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where his coursework focused on criminal and immigration law. [1]

Right to the City staff

The Right to the City national staff went through some changes in 2011, and has come out strong. The Alliance was very fortunate to hire an experienced and dynamic organizer, Rachel LaForest, as its new Director of Organizing, while it said farewell to its dedicated Lead Organizer, Marisa Franco. Lisette Le joined RTTC as the new Regional Organizer for Boston. Avi Rosenthal is came on board as the New York City Regional Coordinator and we said goodbye to New York City Organizer Shannon Barber. RTTC bade a fond farewell to Carl Lipscombe, and welcomed Mark Swier as the new Operations Coordinator. Claire Tran remains as our now-veteran RTTC staffer, leading the way as National Organizer for Civic Engagement.[2]

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