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.
Mission + Vision
Puente Human Rights Movement is a grassroots human rights organization centered on improving the quality of life for Arizona’s most marginalized communities. Our mission is to educate, organize, and empower our communities to unite and build political power in a collective effort to bring about lasting change to our state.
We envision a world where all people have the right to a good quality of life and are treated with dignity. To create this world, we work to eradicate intolerance when it presents itself in economic, political, and social situations, policies, and practices that affect our daily lives.
- Puente works to improve the quality of life for all communities in Arizona; we work to build a world where everyone has respect, dignity and a good quality of life.
- We work to build a world free of inhumane laws, racism, and police violence where we can live free of fear.
- Puente organizes with a Closed Hand/Open Hand philosophy where the two parts work in tandem to empower communities in the state of Arizona.
- The Closed Hand organizing tactic represents our trajectory to abolish oppressive policies and enforcement. We stand against adverse laws and policies through direct action, civic engagement, education, advocacy, and civil disobedience.
- The Open Hand tactic represents Puente’s mission to serve our community by providing a space for community members to come together as one people, despite legal status and past criminal conviction. We work to build programs and resources to support our community and prevent members from falling into the state of Arizona's “attrition through enforcement” traps.
- Together, the Open Hand/Closed Hand organizing strategy model works side by side as a mechanism to educate and empower our members to fight for the wellbeing of everyone in Arizona.