A way to say “THANK YOU” to the Communities of Oaxaca by
Helping Children and Families
We who love Oaxaca would like to demonstrate our friendship and appreciation to its people by supporting an existing project which needs more resources to help children and families across the state.
Mission: To help families now back in Oaxaca whose children were born in the U.S. with the process of securing proper documentation of their dual nationality status. Without documentation as Mexican citizens, they cannot legally be enrolled in public schools or access social services in Mexico. Some have also not applied for their notarized U.S. birth certificates before leaving the United States.
Challenge: Children born in the United States to Mexican parents are eligible to have dual nationality, but they must apply for Mexican citizenship. When their families return to Oaxaca, the children often do not have proper documentation – sometimes from either country. This problem affects tens of thousands of children across the state of Oaxaca.
It becomes a problem of significant time and money for families to secure their children’s official papers and the necessary apostille (an internationally recognized authentication of documents) for each. The process can take up to a year and is often prohibitively expensive for families, especially those with more than one child.
Call to Action: What You Can Do to Help
Donate money to help families who can’t afford the fees, which are numerous: for notary stamps, postage to and from the U.S., the apostille, by the U.S. state issuing the documents and to the Mexican government. The application form’s required official notary stamp (which can only be done by the U.S. consular agent in Oaxaca City) costs about $50; and the entire process (depending on individual U.S. state fees) can cost up to $200 U.S. per child. Donations are not tax deductible at this time, but any and all contributions are appreciated. This is the program’s most critical need and how you can most immediately help.
How: We are setting up a sister account through a U.S. nonprofit organization to allow for direct transfer from your U.S. bank; single transfers are expensive per transaction and it’s more cost-effective to collect them to transfer in a group. For now, you may make cash donations in Oaxaca City through the email address below (contact it to arrange a hand-off point). Or communicate with your friends in Oaxaca to make a donation in your name and work out payment between yourselves. This is an evolving process in progress.
Buy U.S. money orders or postage stamps to bring to Oaxaca when you come or send down with a friend; they serve as payment for additional fees as required. Buy money orders in denominations of U.S. $3, $5, $10, $15, $20, $25, $28 or $30. Be sure to get the kind that don’t expire for 2-3 years, not the 120-day kind and leave them blank. Forever U.S. postage stamps are also needed, as sometimes they are required for payment. This provides necessary items which can’t be purchased in Mexico and also serves as your donation.
How: Bring your stamps or money orders (or send them down with a friend) and contact the email address below on where to drop them off in Oaxaca City.
Spread the word by copying this information in your social media outlets and emailing it to your friends who also love Oaxaca. Urge your Mexican friends to apply for documents before leaving the United States, and for U.S. passports for their U.S.-born children as soon as possible if they haven’t already done so.