The Puente Human Rights Movement is an advocacy group that has supported migrant workers and immigrants since 2007. The organization is a grass roots efforts movement based in Phoenix, Arizona that was developed to educate and empower migrant workers and immigrants to become better aware of their rights in order to protect their families and defend themselves as necessary.

The Puente Human Rights Movement first began its advocacy role in the Arizona community after Maricopa County’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio instructed deputies within his office to enforce parts of the immigration laws based on perceived illegal behavior of migrant workers and immigrants. The actions led to cruel and unnecessary treatment as well as alleged human and civil rights violations. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:

In order to intervene on the behalf of migrant workers and immigrants, the Puente Human Rights Movement pulled a resource team together which was comprised of individuals in the community that were previously impacted by racial profiling and those who were documented or undocumented as well as leaders already in the community who supported equal rights and protection under immigration laws.

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is active in the Hispanic and Latino community and provides an ample amount of resource material involving their rights and information related to changes in the laws and policies.

The Puente Human Rights Movement is just one of the many advocacy groups that the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund works with on a regular basis to support migrants and immigrants with Phoenix, Arizona. The fund receives many of its vital information by being connected with pertinent advocacy groups in the state as well as nationally.

In an effort to root out unfair and illegal racial biases, the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was co-founded by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, after a $3.75 settlement case for violation of their First Amendment rights as journalist for the Phoenix News Times. The case caught national attention and was considered as the worst form of a civil rights violation.

In October 2017, lawyers representing the Puente Human Rights Movement were awarded a one million dollar judgment against the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. In addition, the Puente Human Rights Movement was awarded for expenses related to the migrant worker’s case which challenged the application of Arizona laws.

The application of laws that affect the rights of migrant workers and immigrants is an essential reason for advocacy groups to keep an active presence in their communities.