Diane Ovalle

Mass Freedom Coordinator


Diane Ovalle is Xicana, born in Los Angeles, California raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She was raised by immigrant parents from Mexico. Diane worked for 15 years as a crisis based social worker with women in domestic violence shelters. She has led GED programs for youth, co-facilitated classes in maximum prisons, and spent 8 years creating standards for housing access for unhoused communities. She is directly impacted by the "crimigration" system as a sibling and daughter of justice involved relatives. Diane was cofounder of Puente Human Rights, a grassroots organization dedicated to providing education, empowerment, and direct action for immigrant rights communities in Arizona. She is developing a campaign to end youth prisons and gaining a doula certification to provide birth support to people in county jails. Diane is a mother of a 17-year-old son. Her values lie within indigenous traditions, and her life purpose is to fight for freedom.