Advocates for Immigrants in Detention Northwest


Supporting Immigrants with Dignity while in Detention and Upon Release

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How You Can Donate

Both one time and monthly donations are gratefully accepted

Mail in Donations

Checks may be sent to the office address: 1915 S. Sheridan Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405, and recurring donations can also be arranged through Bill Pay at your bank.


Here are examples of what your donation could do:

$10 provides a meal for a released immigrant

$20 provides a phone credit for a detainee to call family and legal representatives

$50 provides a warm coat and a backpack for a released immigrant

$100 pays for bus fare to the airport for 26 immigrants

$150 covers one night’s stay at Hospitality House for 3 immigrants

$250 provides 5 deportation bags for immigrant detainees who are being deported

$1000  pays monthly Welcome Center costs

$2500  covers monthly Hospitality House expenses and office rent

Thank you for your support!

Our Wish List

We are always in need of the following items, which we give to immigrants released from detention and to those inside to help pass the time.  Please make sure clothing is clean and is something young men and women would be pleased to wear.

  • coats
  • pants
  • shirts
  • backpacks
  • belts
  • duffel bags or carry-on bags
  • yarn (only new)
  • paperback books in any language (no markings inside)

Items may be dropped off at the office/Hospitality House at times when a volunteer is there to receive them.  Please contact for the current schedule.

We also have a Wish List on Amazon:  Amazon Wish List  and you may have things shipped to the office: 1915 S. Sheridan Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98405

Community Rewards Partners with AIDNW

You can now link your Fred Meyer rewards card to support AIDNW.

Link your card by logging into your Fred Meyer account (or creating an account), then enter “community rewards” in the search box. Or you may click on button below .  Under “find (or change) an organization”, type in our full name: “Advocates for Immigrants in Detention NW” to link your card.

If you sell items on eBay, you can donate 10% or more of the sale to AIDNW. See 

Many of these items–and more–can be found on our Amazon Wish List.  We will receive extra benefit if you start your purchases at Amazon Smile. 

Under the Amazon Smile program you can set your account to donate to AIDNW (using our full name: Advocates for Immigrants in Detention Northwest), at no extra cost to you.
You can do this by going to

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News and Events


Asylum seekers are brought from the southern border to the Northwest ICE Processing Center on the Tacoma tideflats. They can spend months in detention here, and many are eventually deported. Detained persons can request in-person visits by an AIDNW Visitation Volunteer, and we currently have more requests than we can answer. Please see for details on our Visitation Program and fill out a volunteer application LINK

We continue to greet asylum-seekers who are released from detention, as many as 25 people a day.  Your support allows AIDNW to offer coats, backpacks and other needed supplies, or funds to maintain operations. Please see our Amazon wish list or donation 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.

Upcoming Events

March 15, 2023

Community Meeting
10:30 – 12:00 a.m

In person!
Peace Lutheran Church
2106 S. Cushman Ave.
Tacoma 98540

Our guest speaker will be Melissa Nitsch, Senior Public Engagement Specialist of the Office of the Immigration Detention Ombudsman (OIDO). The OIDO provides independent oversight of immigration detention facilities, conducts unannounced inspections and handles complaints about potential violations of immigration detention standards.

Please send an email to to RSVP so that we know how many people to expect.

Please save the date


Seeking Board members, including a Board Chair, to guide this vibrant, vital organization as we work to expand our presence in both the online and local community.
To express interest, please fill out a volunteer application LINK   and check "board" at the top

AIDNW is on Radio Tacoma!

Tune in to hear our monthly reports that feature interviews and heart-warming excerpts from the nightly Welcome Center action. You can listen to the reports at or on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 5 pm, Wednesday at 7 pm on 101.9 FM 

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:

Tacoma Arts Live video  
“Reflections in the Shadow of Tahoma: Welcoming Immigrants” AIDNW is featured at minute 3:41)

AIDNW was featured on KGHP Radio's Harbor Chat!

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