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Detention Center Post-Release Volunteers

Every year, thousands of adults pass through the ICE processing center (previously called the Northwest Detention Center) in Tacoma, WA, which is one of the largest in the country. When detainees are released, World Relief volunteers provide a warm welcome, resources, and transportation during a disorienting time.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement detains people for many reasons: some are awaiting their asylum claim to be processed, others may have crossed a border without permission or legally approached a border to request asylum, some may have errors in their immigration documents or expired visas. Detainees are sent to this facility from all over the country and are not necessarily given a time frame for how long they will be detained. Some stay in the center for only a few days or weeks, others up to several years. Some have been living in the US for years or even decades, and all are separated from families on the outside.

 

Post-Release Services (Tacoma)

World Relief partners with AID NW, a nonprofit who also welcomes those released from detention, to host a Welcome Center RV just outside the ICE processing center. Currently, all operations are being held outside in order to comply with CDC procedures and protocols. Volunteers greet released detainees (while socially distanced) with snacks, backpacks and clothing and offer assistance in navigating their next steps when appropriate. This can involve offering phones so that people can contact family and friends, guidance for travel and navigation to host homes.

Requirements

  • Availability on Fridays from 3-7pm
  • Spanish speakers preferred
  • Transportation
  • Flexibility
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Socially distancing yourself and wearing a mask during your shift

To schedule a volunteer training (virtual), fill out a volunteer application. For more information about this role contact Stephanie Murray at smurray@wr.org

 

Host Homes

Volunteers host recently released detainees in their homes for 1 to 5 days while they navigate their transportation to a destination outside the Seattle-Tacoma metro area. Find out more in our host home section.

For more information about this role contact Stephanie Murray at smurray@wr.org

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