In 2007, grassroots organization Puente Human Rights Movement (Puente) was formed as a result of the anti-migrant policies and practices occurring in Maricopa County, Arizona under the leadership of then Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Puente stemmed out of the 32 Street Coalition who were organizing to fight back against the harassment and arrest of day laborers by off-duty Maricopa County Sheriff's officers. Since its founding, Puente has transitioned into a broad multi-generational, intersectional movement for human rights.
Puente was founded on the principles that all people have the right to a good quality of life and dignity. We work to eradicate intolerance when it presents itself at individual, economic, political, social, and spiritual settings affecting our daily lives. Our work is grounded in the principles human rights and non-violence. Learn more about our principles here.
In the last decade, Puente has worked on a wide array of issues such as immigration, criminal justice, policing, women’s rights, children's & youth rights, workers’ rights, and more. We work closely with sister organizations across the state and throughout the nation to create a robust network of human rights defenders. As a broader international movement, Puente works as a human rights organization that creates national and international alliances with immigrant, labor, and women’s rights groups to form a united front to demand human rights for all communities around the world.