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.

More Ways  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 officevolunteer@aidnw.orgfor 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


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