Advocates for Immigrants in Detention Northwest

Supporting Immigrants with Dignity while in Detention and Upon Release

Reuniting Families Every Day

AIDNW assists immigrants from all over the world, who are detained in and released from the NW ICE Processing Center.

Please add your support to this vital work.

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.


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


Our Hospitality House offers shelter to immigrants released from detention 


In-person visits and our Visitation Program volunteers are back inside!


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


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.

We need:

  • Volunteer drivers
  • Welcome Center volunteers
  • Backpacks

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:

Checks can be sent to our office at 1915 Sheridan Ave Tacoma, WA 98405.

Thank you!


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

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

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-in person or by Zoom. If you are interested please contact:

Community Meetings

Join Our Mailing list

Please fill out our mailing list form to be added to the AIDNW mailing list to receive the latest information on volunteer work, community meetings, and events/opportunities:

Next Community Meeting

January 18th

9:30 – 11:00 a.m

Our guest speaker will be Rebecca Merton. Director of Visitation and Independent Monitoring, of Freedom for Immigrants

Please save the date

The meeting will be held  by Zoom. Please email 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 September, 2022

A presentation from Refugee Women's Alliance

AIDNW Community Mtg March 16th, 2022

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

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

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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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