Puente Human Rights Movement was founded in 2007 in response to abuse of power by local law enforcement officials and anti-migratory attacks through state laws and policies. For over 10 years, Puente has led the fight against local and federal anti-migratory policies while building a political home for Arizona’s most marginalized community members. In the last decade we have been able to stop the deportations of over 478 migrants and keep their families together.
Our membership and leadership has always been made up of people most impacted by adverse policies, laws, and police/ICE joint tactics. Our membership consists of undocumented people, mixed-status families, youth, people affected by the criminal justice system, and people of color affected by rampant racial profiling. Since its founding, Puente has transitioned into a broad multi-generational movement for human rights.