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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Welcoming Immigrants Starts with You

 Together We Are a Welcoming Community


  • Write to a detained immigrant
  • Greet immigrants at the Welcome Center
  • Accompany an immigrant to the bus station, airport, hotel, government agencies or community services
  • Serve on one of our committees
  • Share your office skills
  • For further details,  click here
  • Questions? Contact:
  • Complete a volunteer application below


  • Provide food, clothing, toiletries or other needed items
  • Make a one time or recurring donation to support AIDNW’s work. 
  • View our current WISH LIST


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

Join by emailing



  • Attend a bimonthly community meeting
  • Invite AIDNW to give a presentation at your work, church or organization by contacting  Program Manager Deborah Cruz at

Complete the application, then download and email it to:, or print and mail it to AIDNW, 1915 S. Sheridan Ave., Tacoma WA 98405. Thank you for your interest in volunteering!

AIDNW Volunteer Application

click the link below

News and Events


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:
our Amazon wish list  and donation link here:

our volunteer application on this page:

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

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--currently only by Zoom. If you are interested please contact:

Community Meetings

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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 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