• 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.

  • 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.


  • Monetary donations will be used to support our services. Please visit the donations webpageYou can also mail a check payable to:

Catholic Charities of Dallas 
9461 LBJ Freeway, Suite 128 
Dallas, TX 75243

Please mark your check "Unaccompanied Children's Crisis Fund" in the memo section. All monies received will be acknowledged and are tax-deductible.

  • Target/Walmart gift cards (units of $25), to purchase new clothes and shoes for the children. Gift cards can be given to Mary Jo Dorn, Director of Advancement & Sustainment at Catholic Charities of Dallas Headquarters. Gift cards can be dropped off at:

Catholic Charities of Dallas 
9461 LBJ Freeway, Suite 128 
Dallas, TX 75243

  • Please no other material donations at this time.

You can email donations@ccdallas.org for questions about giving. 

At this time, Catholic Charities of Dallas has not been assigned a direct role in the sheltering of the unaccompanied minors in Dallas County. The children will be under the direct supervision of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The proposed temporary shelters will be run by HHS. 

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has opened a hotline for parents wanting to know whether their child is in ORR care. The number is 1-800-203-7001 and will be open 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (EST). 
As the sheltering plan develops over the next month or so and the role that service providers will play becomes clear, we will update our website with our volunteer needs.   

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