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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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:

$25.00 provides a phone card for a detainee to call loved ones

$50.00 pays for five meals for traveling immigrants

$75.00 furnishes clothing for inclement weather for one immigrant

$100.00 pays for Orca cards for transportation to the airport

$150.00 covers one night’s stay at Hospitality House for 10 immigrants

$250.00 offers backpacks and a change of clothes for five released immigrants

$500.00 gives a laptop to a Hospitality House resident

$1000.00 pays monthly Welcome Center costs

$2500.00 covers monthly Hospitality House expenses and office rent

Thank you for your support!

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.

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

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

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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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