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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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teach-in for freedom

We are working to draw attention to what has been called a “moral disaster”

watch the teach-in for freedom here

TACD held a live-streamed “Teach-In For Freedom” on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at San Jacinto Plaza in El Paso, Texas. Led by 2018 National Teacher of the Year Mandy Manning, the teach-in featured lessons by more than 30 teachers nationwide and from Mexico on U.S. immigration policy and its impact on children. Teaching topics included: the harm immigrant kids experience when separated from their families, why they have fled from their home countries and how Americans can welcome them legally and contribute to their ongoing care and integration

 

These teachers were joined at the teach-in by political leaders, community activists, education associations and representatives of organized labor. More than 300 people attended the teach-in live in El Paso, and more than 2,500 people watched the teach-in livecast. Through this website and TACD's ongoing efforts, the lessons taught in El Paso are now being taught across America, in classrooms and community centers.

At the teach-in, TACD called on the U.S. government to end the detention and criminalization of immigrant children and their families. Instead, TACD called for the government to protect immigrant children, in strict compliance with the Flores decree, without exception for “emergencies” that have allowed children to be incarcerated for extended periods. TACD demanded that immigrant children in U.S. custody (1) never be separated from their families, (2) be held in the least restrictive settings possible, and not in large institutional facilities like Tornillo and Homestead, and (3) be released to their sponsors within 20 days as required by Flores.

Watch lessons from the Teach-In For Freedom HERE

WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW

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

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WHAT TEACHERS CAN DO

Use your classroom to shine a light on this important issue.

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