In its eighth year of existence, the diocesan Latino Ministry Commission continues to help assimilate members of the local Latino population into American society. This school year we have over 80 children registered in the Homework Club in Forest Park or at the Learning Center in Price Hill, children who need help with homework and cannot always get that help at home. In the current political atmosphere, many of the children whose parents are undocumented face the possibility of becoming separated from their parents.

The Commission is helping many of these families attain the documentation needed for the children to be reunited with their parents should the parents be detained and deported; documents like power of attorney so the children will have temporary legal guardians whom the parents know and trust and will care for their children and eventually reunite the family, and US passports for the children who were born in the USA. To date, we have requests for passports for 47 minor children under these circumstances. Each one costs up to $110, depending on the age of the child. To date, we have received donations to cover the cost for just under half of these children.

On behalf of the members of the Latino Ministry Commission, Latino Ministry chair Carlos de Jesús is asking for your financial assistance to help the commission defray the cost for passports for the remaining children. If you would like to help, please send a donation to the Latino Ministry Commission at the Diocesan office, 412 Sycamore St., Cincinnati, OH 45202; mark your checks: passports for children.