FAQ

  1. How do I locate someone detained for possible violation of immigration laws?
    Use the Online Detainee Locator System or give us a call and we will find the person for you.
  2. How do I find a list of detention facilities?
    You can locate an immigration detention facility here.
  3. How do I find out the status of an immigration court case?
    You can call the Immigration Court directly at 1-800-898-7180. This can be a time consuming process. We can help you navigate through this maze and quickly find the right information pertaining to you or your friends and family.
  4. How do I visit my friend/family member at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, WA?
    Friends and Family VisitsThursdays thru Mondays including holidays: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.Level 3 detainees: Sundays 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.To ensure adequate time to process visitors through security, all visitors must arrive 45 minutes prior to the scheduled visit time.Visitors must present a valid verifiable government-issued identification card to enter the facility.Visits shall not exceed 1 hour.Minors who are visiting the facility must be accompanied by an adult guardian (18 years or older). Minors must not be left unaccompanied in the waiting room, visiting room or any other area.
    Attorney Visits
    Legal representatives of detainees are authorized to visit their clients during the following hours:
    Every day, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    A list of pro bono (free) legal organizations will be posted in all detainee housing units and other appropriate areas. This list shall be updated quarterly. If a detainee wishes to see a representative or paralegal from that organization, it is the detainee’s responsibility to contact them for an appointment.Consular Visits
    Consular officials may meet with their detained nationals at any time. It is requested that prior arrangements be made with the ICE Supervisory Deportation Officer to the extent possible, and that consular officials bring appropriate credentials when they come to the facility. The ICE Supervisory Deportation Officer in charge of the facility can be reached at (253) 779-6000.Clergy Visits
    The Tacoma Northwest Detention Center provides detainee religious services/programs five days per week.Visiting Restrictions

    • All family or other social visits are non-contact.
    • No firearms or weapons of any kind are permitted in the facility.
    • If visitors are or appear to be intoxicated, visitation will not be allowed.
    • All visitors are subject to search while in the facility.
    • Visitors are not allowed to pass or attempt to pass any items to detainees.
    • Visitors are not allowed to carry any items into the visitation area.

    Search Procedures (prior to or during all visitations)
    All individuals requesting admittance to the facility or the visitation area are subject to a pat-down search of their person, an inspection of their belongings, and a metal scan search. Individuals refusing to cooperate with a reasonable search will not be admitted. No firearms or weapons of any kind are permitted. No electronic devices (cell phones, pagers, radios, etc.) are permitted in the secure areas of this facility.

    Can I call a detained person?

    If you need to get in touch with a detainee you must call (253) 396-1611 and leave the detainee’s full name, alien registration number and a telephone number where you can be reached. He or she will be given your message. Messages are usually passed once a day by the end of the day.

  5. Can I send mail to my detained friend/family member and can he send mail to me?
    Letters sent to detainees must include the detainee’s A-number (Alien Number), plus the sender’s name and address. To enhance the safety of the facility, all incoming mail is subject to screening for contraband. The mail is not read upon opening, only inspected by the delivering officer. Detainees may send mail from the facility. Detainees may seal their outgoing letters and place them in the provided receptacle. All incoming mail will be delivered to the detainee, and outgoing mail will be routed to the proper postal office within 24 hours of receipt by facility staff. A mail pick-up and delivery schedule is posted in all housing units. Detainees are allowed to purchase stamps for use. Generally, there is no limit to the amount of correspondence detainees may send at their own expense. Indigent detainees (those who have no means of financial support and no funds in their facility account) will be provided postage allowance at government expense. When detainees depart the facility or are transferred to another facility, only their legal mail will be forwarded to them. General correspondence will be endorsed “Return to Sender” and returned to the post office.
  6. Where is the immigration court located?
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    ou can find your court’s location here: http://www.justice.gov/eoir/sibpages/ICadr.htm11.
  7. How do I find out the status of my case?
    You can call the Immigration Court directly at 1-800-898-7180.12.
  8. What time I should come for my hearing?
    We recommend you be at the court at least one hour prior to the time your hearing is scheduled for. You may encounter problems getting into the building, going through security and so on. You do not want to be late for your hearing because you can be ordered deported if you do not show up in time!
  9. What should I bring with me to court for my hearing? You need a government issued Id to go through security. If you do not have one, bring any identification document you have with your picture on it. If you do not have any picture Id, bring at least your birth certificate. Not having identification is not a reason not to show up for your hearing you can be ordered deported if you do not show up!
    You need your hearing notice. If you are not represented by an attorney, go to your courtroom, approach a court clerk, show your hearing notice to her and make sure she knows that you are present in the courtroom so she can call you up when your turn comes. If you are not represented by a lawyer in Portland court, you will be called in the order your name is on the list. If you are not represented in Seattle court, you will be called after all the people who are represented by lawyers.
    You need to bring any and all evidence that you think may be relevant for your case. You need to bring them in the organized way. You need to make two copies of everything you are planning to give to a judge: one for the government attorney and one for yourself. All the documents in foreign languages should be translated and the translation has to be certified.