Plymouth State University presents Professor of Law Deborah Anker: Central American Refugees and the U.S.

PLYMOUTH, N.H. (April 14, 2017) In the latest installment of the Sidore Lecture Series, Plymouth State University will host Deborah Anker, clinical professor of law, on Monday, April 17 at 7 p.m. in Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts.

The lecture will focus on the hostile political environment in parts of Central America and the difficulties faced by refugees attempting to flee the affected areas for the United States.

Professor Anker will address the causes of the recent Central American refugee migration, which consists of mostly women, children and unaccompanied minors, and consider the increasing prevalence of “gangs” as political actors in parts of Central America. Her lecture will discuss the response to this migration crisis in terms of morality, legality and efficacy. Professor Anker will consider the actions taken by the U.S., such as militarization of the border and detainment of fleeing families, as well as efforts that have been made to cooperate with Mexico in deterring refugees from making the dangerous trip to the U.S.

Deborah Anker is the director of the Harvard Law School Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC) and senior researcher for the Refugee Law Initiative at the University of London. She is author of the prominent treatise “Law of Asylum in the United States” and has co-drafted revolutionary gender asylum briefs. For her work, she has been quoted by the U.S. Supreme Court and multiple international tribunals. Professor Anker is one of the most widely known scholars in her field, and has been awarded numerous prestigious awards for her accomplishments and the work of her clinical program.

Honoring Saul O Sidore, a humanitarian and local businessman, the Sidore Lecture Series invites speakers to PSU’s campus to discuss relevant issues in politics, society and culture. The series was established in 1979 by PSU and the Sidore Memorial Foundation.


All Sidore lectures are free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. A reception follows each lecture.

Free tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869.

Information about the Saul O Sidore Lecture Series is available at


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