what you need to know

Thank you for registering for the Teach-In For Freedom! We are excited you are coming to stand with American teachers to educate our students and communities about the truth of immigration and child detention.



El Paso Marathon

Be aware that the El Paso Marathon is occurring at the same time as the Teach-In, and street closures may affect your travel by vehicle or on foot the day of the event.  Here is a link to a downtown map showing the Marathon route in red (insert link.)


Please check the website for directions for access. Parking may be hard to find downtown. We recommend you avoid driving to the venue if possible.

Travel and lodging


If you haven’t made reservations, please do so as soon as possible. Try to get lodging downtown El Paso.  No car rental is needed; you’ll be able to walk to the Plaza.


The Hotel Indigo is closest to the event. Holiday Inn Express Downtown had a block of rooms for us but the deadline is passed. You can still call and request the TACD rate. ($89.00.) Or try online. They offer a free airport shuttle and free breakfast.


Airport transportation is provided thru all the typical methods: Uber, Lyft, taxi, hotel shuttles, etc.

Downtown dining

There are numerous downtown restaurants within walking distance. This information is available at your hotel or online.  There are coffee places within 1 block of the plaza

Teach-In Information

The Teach-in Program is here.  We will begin promptly at 8.45AM MST and end at 6:00, at which time we’ll need volunteers to help with clean-up and break-down.


Volunteers will be wearing yellow reflective vests and will be available to answer questions, provide directions, summon first aid, or provide support with any problems that arise.

Border access

There is a footbridge between El Paso and Juarez, Mexico one mile from San Jacinto Plaza.  If you want to go across the border, be sure you have your passport with you. We recommend as savvy travelers, that you team up and go in pairs. There may be an opportunity to go with a group Saturday morning. If you are interested, please email Leslie Brown at mtles44@gmail.com with JUAREZ VISIT in the subject line.

Resource Fair

Our Resource Fair will be open at 8:30 am. You will be able to meet and talk with local partners and teachers and receive resource materials.  The organizations represented include:


  • Borderland Rainbow Center

  • HOPE Border Institute

  • Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center

  • American Federation of Teachers - First Books

  • El Paso Indivisible

  • Soñando Juntos

  • Catholic Charities of Southern New Mexico

  • SNTE – The Education Workers Trade Union of Mexico

  • National Education Association Hispanic Caucus

  • Fronterizo Fianza Fund

  • ACLU of Texas

  • Educators for Migrant Justice.

Book Projects

Teachers Against Child Detention Book Project


Amy Andersen, NJ Teacher of the Year, and Arlinda Valencia, president of the Ysleta Teachers Association in El Paso, are coordinating our Book and Letter Campaign. They are receiving children’s books (Spanish language) sent to the Association offices in El Paso. Letters to immigrant children from American students will be placed into the books, and they will be given to children at the Annunciation House refugee centers in El Paso.


If you have books, please do not bring them to the Teach-In; coordinate through Arlinda Valencia at: avalencia.rta@gmail.com


American Federation of Teachers First Book Project

The First Book Project is bringing Spanish language children’s books for all ages to the Teach-In. These will be given out to parents, children, and teachers who may wish to incorporate them into their teaching.


There are many ways you can advocate for the rights of child immigrants in detention.



Join us in El Paso on January 17 or use your classroom to shine a light on this important issue.


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Teachers Against Child Detention (TACD) is a group of teachers led by Mandy Manning, the 2018 National Teacher of the Year.


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