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

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Fill out our mailing list form to join to the AIDNW mailing list to receive the latest information on volunteer work, community meetings, and events/opportunities:

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

AIDNW Volunteer Application

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!

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

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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