A State for Sanctuary: The Curious Life of a Controversial Proclamation
Aimee V. Garza, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of California Santa Cruz and SAR Visiting Research Associate
Colloquium, SAR Boardroom
Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free
In 1986, Governor Toney Anaya declared New Mexico a “State of Sanctuary” for Central American refugees as a “symbolic gesture” of solidarity. Using archival documents and oral history interviews as sources, this lecture uncovers the untold history of the Sanctuary Movement in New Mexico during the 1980s and highlights the dramatic criminal trial that defined the movement and tested the legal and moral weight of the sanctuary proclamation.