Advocates for Immigrants in Detention Northwest
Supporting Immigrants with Dignity while in Detention and Upon Release
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What We Do
Our volunteers are outside the release gate of the NW ICE Processing Center in Tacoma, Washington every weekday from 2:30 – 7 pm waiting to welcome released immigrants
The AIDNW Welcome Center is in an RV stationed outside the release gate, and the immigrants know this is a place where they can get help.
We can arrange for their transportation to the bus station, airport or taxi, and when needed, we provide temporary housing until more permanent arrangements are made.
Tales from the AIDNW Welcome Center
News and Events
ASYLUM SEEKERS BEING RELEASED IN LARGE NUMBERS !
June 2022: Large numbers of asylum seekers are being brought from the southern border to Tacoma and released from the detention center—15 – 25 people each day. ICE has told AIDNW that this is expected to continue through the Summer. This is double the average number of guests normally served at the AIDNW Welcome Center.
Our volunteers are working in shifts at the AIDNW Welcome Center from 2:30 to 7 PM Monday through Friday and sometimes later, helping guests plan travel all over the country to reach their family members.
This uptick in guests is straining our resources, and ICE has told us that this level of releases is expected to continue indefinitely.
- Volunteer drivers
- Welcome Center volunteers
To volunteer please fill out a volunteer application here LINK . To donate backpacks or other needed supplies, or funds to assist our operations, please see our Amazon wish list and donation link details: aidnw.org/how-to-donate.
Checks can be sent to our office at 1915 Sheridan Ave Tacoma, WA 98405.
It takes a village! We are grateful for all of our community support.
AIDNW is on Radio Tacoma!
AIDNW Monthly Reports are a new feature on Radio Tacoma.
Tune in to hear the reports, which feature monthly program statistics, excerpts from nightly Welcome Center reports, interviews and more
You can listen to the reports at https://radiotacoma.org/aidnw
or, if you are in the vicinity of Tacoma Mall, tune into Radio Tacoma at 101.9 FM on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 5 pm or Wednesday at 7 pm.
Program archives are available anytime at https://radiotacoma.org/aidnw
PowerPoint Presentation on AIDNW Services
AIDNW was featured on KGHP Radio's Harbor Chat!
AIDNW Speaker's Bureau
Want to learn more?
Would your school, church or community group like to learn more about immigration, detention, the Northwest ICE Processing Center and the work of AIDNW? AIDNW Speakers Bureau volunteers are available to make presentations--currently only by Zoom. If you are interested please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join our Google Group
Join our email Google Group to receive notification of news and events, current volunteer opportunities and donation needs.
Next Community Meeting
July 20, 2022
9:30 – 11:00 a.m
Featuring Guest Speaker Dr. Yael Schacher, Deputy Director of Refugees International in Washington DC, speaking on asylum at the southern border.
Dr. Schacher is the author of MPP as a Microcosm: What’s Wrong with Asylum at the Border and How to Fix It. MPP is also known as the "Remain in Mexico" policy.
Please save the date
The meeting will be held on Zoom. Please email email@example.com to register and receive a link
Community Meetings are held every two months and feature a short presentation on topics relating to the detention center as well as updates from AIDNW. Community Meetings are currently held via Zoom. Here are recordings from recent meetings.
How You Can Help!
Visit or greet a detained immigrant. Provide transportation or other assistance to immigrants staying in our Hospitality House
Come to one of our bimonthly informational meetings.
Join our email Google Group to receive notification of news and events, current volunteer opportunities and donation needs
Link your Fred Meyer rewards card or Amazon Smile Program to support AIDNW