Every year, thousands of people pass through the Northwest Immigration Detention Center in Tacoma, WA, one of the largest in the country.
When detainees are released, World Relief volunteers provide welcome, resources, and transportation in an important and disorienting time.
Immigrations and Customs Enforcement detains people at the Detention Center for many reasons: some are awaiting their asylum claim to be processed, others may have crossed a border without permission, and often their immigration status documentation contains errors or expires. Detainees are sent to this facility from all over the country. Some stay in the center for only a few weeks, others up to several years. Some have been living in the US for years or even decades, and many are separated from families on the outside.
World Relief partners with AID NW to host a Welcome Center RV just outside the NW Detention Center. Volunteers serve by receiving released detainees and helping them navigate the next steps on their journey. This involves helping people contact family and friends, guidance for travel to a next destination, navigation to host homes and temporary housing, and supplying food, backpacks and clothing.
Volunteers host recently released detainees in their homes for 1 to 3 days while they navigate their transportation to a destination outside the Seattle-Tacoma metro area. Volunteers often help these detainees, and their family across the country, understand how to purchase more affordable tickets, and navigate SeaTac airport.
Volunteers come alongside immigrants leaving the Northwest Immigration Detention Center. They assist newly released detainees by transporting them to a designated location. This on call, taxi type service helps to fulfill a practical need while welcoming people back into our community. To assist in this way please contact Stephanie Murray at (253) 277-1121or firstname.lastname@example.org