Remembering Carl Hamad-Lipscombe

In Loving Memory of Carl Hamad-Lipscombe

It feels impossible that Carl Hamad-Lipscombe, our exceptional executive director, is no longer with us. We miss him more than words can express. His strategic thinking. passionate advocacy, and lifelong activism will have a lasting impact on the fight to end detention, to protect the rights of asylum seekers and Black migrants, to end pretrial detention and close jails, and so much more. 

Carl implored us to be generous with our time, expertise, and available resources because collective liberation requires all of us. When he was unable to give as much as he wanted due to his health challenges, he was heartened to know that this community would continue to show up and do the challenging, long-term work to transform our world and fight for freedom. 

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Carl's Legacy at Envision Freedom


Envision Freedom and our partner African Communities Together successfully advocated for the passage of the Stop Immigration Bond Abuse Act in New York State. This first-of-its-kind legislation protects immigrants and their families from predatory for-profit bond companies that siphon money and freedom.


Envision's new community membership program launched under Carl's leadership in 2023 and now has more than 100 members and counting. This initiative is one of the nation’s first organizing efforts specifically devoted to building the collective power of individuals who were recently detained ICE. In addition, Carl was proud that our award winning bond and post-release program grew to include a focus on wellness to ensure that communities recovering from the trauma of migration and detention have the resources they need to thrive in their freedom.


Carl—named a Nonprofit Power Player in 2023 by AM New York and Politics NY—founded and hosted our podcast, Dismantling Injustice, which has produced dozens of episodes about abolition, organizing, and all the issues that impact people who encounter the criminal legal and immigration systems.