Advocates for Immigrants in Detention Northwest


Supporting Immigrants with Dignity while in Detention and Upon Release

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Who We Are

A largely all-volunteer organization, we visit detainees inside the Northwest ICE Processing [detention] Center, greet them as they are released, then help them to reach their loved ones all over the country.

AIDNW has been doing this work since 2005

Vision Statement

We offer a welcoming community that affirms the dignity of all immigrants and facilitates a pathway toward independent and productive lives.

Mission Statement

Advocates for Immigrants in Detention Northwest supports immigrants in detention and when released through welcoming services focused on transitional support and connection to vital resources for resettlement.

What We Do

We provide assistance:

Our Phone Access and Volunteer Visitation end the isolation of detained immigrants.
Our Welcome Center and Post-Detention Accompaniment Network (PDAN) volunteers offer safe release services and support.
Our Hospitality House offers safe and welcoming temporary housing to those who need it.

We increase awareness:

Many people are unaware of the Northwest Detention Center on the Tacoma Tideflats. With 1,575 beds, it is the nation’s fourth largest.
We offer educational programs on detention issues and give presentations to churches, schools and universities, civic groups and community organizations.



Tim Chen, Chairman/President
Len Johnson, Secretary
Sharon Olson, Treasurer
Louisa Beal
Mary Clare Benson
Kendall Burch
Stteffany Duran
Tonia Honeycutt
Morgan Jade
Patti Kilpatrick


Sharing Common Goals

· World Relief
· Northwest Immigrants Rights Project (NWIRP)
· Tacoma Community House
· St. Leo’s Catholic Church

Many local congregations offer us continued, vital support.

Advocates for Immigrants in Detention Northwest (AIDNW), is a 501©(3) non-profit organization dedicated to serving detained immigrants at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC)

Tacoma Arts Live video “Welcoming Immigrants”
AIDNW is featured at minute 3:41

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.

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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