• Vanna Slaughter, director of Immigration & Legal Services for the past 28 years, along with her experienced staff have been responding to the calls and will continue to provide assistance and monitor.
  • More than 1,000 children were released to families in North Texas between the months of January and May 2014, and these children and their families have also been assisted by our team with legal orientations and assessments.
  • Catholic Charities of Dallas has assisted dozens of panicked family members of UAC’s in person, on the phone and through emails to locate their children in the various emergency shelters. 

Unaccompanied Migrant Children Resource Kit
United State Confernece of Catholic Bishops
Texas Bishops Urge Congress to Act for Refugee Children
Texas Bishops Congressional Letter on Refugees
Bishop Mark Seitz full statement for the Congressional Committee on immigration of unaccompanited children
Catholic Charities of Dallas Fact Sheet: Legal Orientation Program for Custodians
The White House 
Office of the Vice President

Fact Sheet: Unaccompanied Children from Central America

If you are a member of the media and would like to get more information or request an interview, please contact Rosalynn Vasquez, communications officer at 214-520-6590 ext. 119 or rvasquez@ccdallas.org.

How can you help?
Thank you for your willingness to help with the unaccompanied children!

Catholic Charities of Dallas is ready to assist in doing what’s in the best interest of the child – both in terms of treating them with respect, dignity and compassion, as well as helping them navigate the legal system.

What does Catholic Charities of Dallas currently need?


  • Attorneys, preferably who speak Spanish, who are willing to learn family court and immigration court procedures involved in the representation of these children. If you are interested in helping as an attorney volunteer, please contact Jenna Carl or Jaime Trevino at attorney@ccdallas.org.

  • Spanish speaking non-attorney volunteers, who will assist with administrative tasks and legal screenings.

If you are interested in helping as a volunteer, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Eileen O'Malley, at volunteer@ccdallas.org.

Start the volunteer process by signing up online for our volunteer orientation. Our next available orientation session is September 13.

We are so grateful for your care and concern for the children.  Please pray for them to be safely reunited with their loved ones.