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AIDNW office :
253-572-9659
1915 S Sheridan Ave
Tacoma, WA 98405

Welcome Center (3-6 pm)
253-343-4324

Program Manager:
Deborah Cruz
dcruz@aidnw.org

General information:
officevolunteer@aidnw.org

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.

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:  aidnw.org/how-to-donate.

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 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

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Next Community Meeting

September 21

9:30 – 11:00 a.m

Our guest speaker will be Caitlin Wasley of Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA) in Seattle. She has worked in refugee and immigrant services since 2009

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