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News 7.22.2014

Unaccompanied Minors: How To Help

Dallas Bishop Kevin J. Farrell on July 21 cited Scripture in calling for a humane and non-partisan lens as the gateway to addressing the flow of unaccompanied minor children who have crossed the nation’s southwestern border.

The bishop elucidated the Catholic Church’s perception of the humanitarian crisis as not about immigration law and border policies but about protecting children, most of whom have left violent settings in Central America.

“I believe that this is an important situation in the life of our community and the life of our nation,” said Bishop Farrell, who was joined by Catholic Charities of Dallas officials and Fort Worth Bishop Michael Olson at a news conference at the Diocese of Dallas Pastoral Center. “We’re the No. 1 country in the world where it comes to helping people.

“We spend billions of dollars going all over the world to help people…We need to open our hearts and our arms to these young people who are threatened.”

Read more from from Bishop Farrell, Bishop Olson, and leaders from Catholic Charities at

How you can help

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 help conduct legal screenings for each child.​

  • State certified court interpreters


If you are interested in helping as a volunteer, please contact the volunteer coordinator, Eileen O'Malley, at .

Start the volunteer process by signing up online for volunteer orientation. The next available orientation session is September 13, 2014.


  • Monetary donations to defray the court fees these children will face. Catholic Charities of Dallas presently has no funding source for these fees. Please visit the donations webpage. You 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.

  • Comfort items such as toiletries, pajamas, crayons, rosaries, Bibles, prayer cards and picture books (if possible, in Spanish).

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

    Comfort items and gift cards can be dropped off at:

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


For more information, please visit the Catholic Charities of Dallas website