Info on Maquilas

Tijuana Maquiladora Tour: March 23

Come to learn about Tijuana communities and workers'
conditions and struggles!
Saturday, March 23, 9 am to 3 pm
Important Notice:

·         Citizens returning from Mexico should present an U.S. passport. (Otherwise, they need an official ID, birth certificate, and waiting in line when returning to the U.S. for a period of time to be decided by the border gate officer.) More information: the U.S. State Dept. travel alert “Mexico”

·         All tour participants must read the US travel alert to Mexico and sign the tour waiver. Please read the attached file.

Schedule (There may be slight variations from tour to tour.)

·      9 am sharp- San Ysidro/Tijuana border-bus station. We will walk together to cross the border gate and travel to our locations in Tijuana using chartered buses for transportation.

·      9:15 am- The crosses at the border: More than 7,000 immigrants have died trying to cross the border since 1994, when NAFTA was imposed.

·      9:30 am- Otay Industrial Park, Sanyo and other maquiladoras: workers’ labor conditions, labor rights and struggles

: We will visit the Tijuana industrial area but won’t enter any factory.

·      11:15 am- Rio Alamar, or how maquiladoras, distorted urban development and wild industrialization define Tijuana

·      12:00 pm- Foxconn: the largest maquiladora in both Tijuana and the world

·      12:45 pm- Lunch

·      1:15 pm:- Group dialogue about the experience; time for questions and comments

·      2:00 pm- Working women in Tijuana are organizing artisan cooperatives and promoting an alternative economy. They will bring their handcrafts to the tour. To learn in advance about these cooperatives, please go to

·      3:00 pm- Return to the bus station


·      $30 regular, $20 students, $ 50 solidarity

·      Donations cover the bus, lunch, and a donation to the workers’ organizations.
For tour reservations go
Sponsored by Colectivo Ollin Calli Tijuana, Colectivo Chilpancingo for Environmental Justice, San Diego Maquiladora Workers' Solidarity Network, Environmental Health Coalition, and Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras