On January 9, 1961, the US State Department gave Fr. Walsh the authority to issue letters to any child in Cuba between six to sixteen years of age, indicating that the visa requirement for entrance into the US would be waived. From there was created the collaborative effort of 110 Catholic Charities agencies in 35 states called “Cuban Children’s Program” nicknamed “Operation Pedro Pan”. Of the 14,000 children who came into the US between 1960 and 1962, about 7,000 temporarily resided at one of many centers operated by Catholic Charities.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami, Inc. is the legal custodian of all Pedro Pan case files and is bound by law to protect all information contained in these files. If you are a former child of Operation Pedro Pan you may request to have your file mailed to you by following these steps.