The New Mexico Office of the State Historian and the Historical Society of New Mexico, co-sponsored by the University of New Mexico's Center for Southwest Research, presents the 2011 Scholars Program lecture, "Crimes of Conscience: Testimonies from the Sanctuary Movement in New Mexico during the 1980s," Friday, July 15 from noon-1 p.m. at the UNM Zimmerman Library, Frank Waters Room 105.

Based on archival documents and oral history interviews, the lecture recovers the untold history of the Sanctuary Movement in New Mexico through the testimonies of sanctuary workers and highlights the dramatic criminal trial that defined the movement. Previous studies of the Sanctuary Movement during the 1980s have largely ignored New Mexico's important role in this faith-based movement that was focused on providing assistance to refugees fleeing the civil wars in Central America.

Aimee Villarreal Garza, a Santa Fe native and graduate of New Mexico State University, is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Her dissertation focuses on the resurgence of Mexican migration to northern New Mexico and the settlement of immigrant communities in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dennis Trujillo at (505) 476-7998 or email to: