Supporting Immigrants with Dignity while in Detention and Upon Release

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.

WELCOME CENTER

Our Welcome Center provides a safe, supportive environment until reunification with loved ones can happen

HOSPITALITY HOUSE

Our Hospitality House offers shelter to immigrants released from detention 

VISITATION

We currently provide penpals to help end the isolation of detention.

PHONE ACCESS

When immigrants are unable to hear the voices of family and friends

Post-Detention Accompaniment Network (PDAN)

Volunteer drivers take released immigrants to the airport, bus station or to access local services

Tales from the AIDNW Welcome Center

News and Events

RECORD NUMBERS OF RELEASES! 

AIDNW volunteers have been serving as many as 30 released detainee guests each day.  Large numbers of immigrants requesting asylum are being brought to Tacoma's NW ICE Processing Center from the southern border, given a court date and released after a short time.

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.

We ask for your support. We are looking for:

  • Additional volunteer drivers
  • Welcome Center volunteers
  • Supplies
  • Monetary contributions.
You can see our program descriptions and services here: https://aidnw.org/our-programs/
our Amazon wish list  and donation link here: https://aidnw.org/how-to-donate/

our volunteer application on this page: https://aidnw.org/get-involved/

You can also send checks 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

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: dcruz@aidnw.org

Community Meetings

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 officevolunteer@aidnw.org 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.

AIDNW Community Mtg March 16th, 2022

Featuring a presentation from Lutheran Community Services Northwest

AIDNW Community Mtg January 19, 2022

Guest speaker Julie Braker, Staff Attorney Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP)

AIDNW June community meeting

AIDNW Community Mtg August 18, 2021

Three presentations on the immigrant detainees held and released from the Northwest ICE Processing Center

AIDNW June community meeting

AIDNW Community Mtg June 16, 2021

Guest Speaker  Stephanie Murray, detention center post release coordinator for World Relief

AIDNW Community Mtg April 21, 2021

 "Passages: Immigrant Experiences" by the artist  Patti Kilpatrick and poet William (Bill) Fay

How You Can Help!

Volunteer
Visit or greet a detained immigrant. Provide transportation or other assistance to immigrants staying in our Hospitality House

Participate
Come to one of our bimonthly informational meetings.

Connect
Join our email Google Group to receive notification of news and events, current volunteer opportunities and donation needs

Community Rewards
Link your Fred Meyer rewards card or Amazon Smile Program to support AIDNW

Link your Fred Meyer rewards card to support AIDNW.  

AIDNW will receive extra benefits if you start your purchases at Amazon Smile

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Donate
Provide food, clothing, and toiletries, or make a one-time or recurring cash donation to AIDNW

Become an sustaining donor
Recurring monthly donations help us enormously with operational costs

Our Wish List
Many needed items–and more–can be found on our Amazon Wish List