rana S. Alexander, Esq. - Executive Director
Rana Alexander has worked in the domestic and sexual violence field since 1997. Ms. Alexander joined Standpoint, formerly known as Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project (BWLAP), in 2005. Ms. Alexander became the Executive Director in 2016. As an attorney for the statewide organization, she provides legal advice and consultation to domestic and sexual violence victims, advocates and attorneys on legal issues that affect domestic and sexual violence victims. Ms. Alexander also provides training and outreach to attorneys involving issues of domestic and sexual violence and the law. Ms. Alexander is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts, and received, with distinction, her Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology and a minor in Women’s Studies from Iowa State University.
Rachel kohler, esq. - Staff Attorney
Rachel Kohler went to law school at Hamline University and has been working primarily in immigration law since 2009. For many years, she volunteered as a GED tutor, a refugee resettlement coordinator, and organized activities at a juvenile detention center. Her experience working at the International Institute of Boston, a non-profit immigration clinic which provided immigration assistance to victims of various crimes, including domestic assault and trafficking, provided her with a desire to attend law school and become an attorney. As an attorney, Rachel worked at Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, providing assistance to those going through the citizenship and naturalization process, and has clerked at the immigration court and at several private immigration firms. Rachel worked in Anoka County for two years and dealt directly with civil, family, and criminal cases. Rachel joined Standpoint as a staff attorney with an immigration focus. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN in Spanish and Global Studies. She is bilingual in Spanish and is from Worthington, MN and Fargo, ND.
amy palmer lauricella, esq. - staff attorney
Amy Lauricella has been advocating for victims of violence since 2012 and practicing employment law since 2009. As Employment Staff Attorney, she provides legal advice and consultation on a variety of employment and tort issues that affect domestic and sexual violence victims. Prior to joining Standpoint, she was the Director of Outreach and Legal Reform at Global Rights for Women working with non-profits and multi-disciplinary around the world on strengthening their responses to violence against women, including domestic and sexual violence and trafficking. Amy practiced law as a labor and employment attorney in Chicago, while also working with the National Immigrant Justice Center and the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic to represent victims of violence in Cook County, Illinois. Amy graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison and received her law degree cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law.
Amy Isenor, ESQ. - Staff attorney
Amy Isenor joined the team at Standpoint on April 9, 2018. Amy comes to us with experience in Child Protection, Civil Commitments and Guardianships, Family Law (including Orders for Protection, Dissolution, and Custody), Harassment Restraining Orders, and representing victims of Domestic and Sexual violence. Having worked as a prosecuting attorney and in representing respondents in civil matters, Ms. Isenor’s nearly 20 years of legal experience, and more than that in the social justice field have prepared her to advise attorneys, advocates, and victims with their legal needs. She has received numerous awards for her service to victim/survivors.
Siv Dobrovolny, Esq. - Youth Labor Trafficking Project Attorney
Siv Dobrovolny has been working in the field of domestic and sexual violence since 2006 with an expertise in human trafficking. She has represented both sex and labor trafficked victims and trained extensively on identification and representation of survivors. In her current position as Standpoint’s Youth Labor Trafficking Project Attorney, she is creating a pro bono attorney network to represent youth trafficking survivors in a variety of legal matters across Minnesota, as well as providing direct representation. Ms. Dobrovolny has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota in Political Science and Speech Communications. She holds a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Texas in Foreign Language Education and a law degree from Hamline University. Before attending law school, Ms. Dobrovolny lived abroad in Ankara, Turkey and taught at Bilkent University.
Traci Thomas-Card - Advocate Support/Grant Manager
Traci Thomas-Card is the Advocate Support/Grant Manager at Standpoint. Traci has been working in domestic and sexual violence advocacy since 2004. She has extensive experience providing advocacy support to victims, training advocates, and facilitating programming on consent, bystander intervention, primary prevention, trauma informed care, and more. Traci is certified as a Title IX Coordinator and an Instructor with the Leadership Minor at the University of MN. Traci is also a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development at the University of MN. Her current research interests include the LGBTQIA+ college student population, intersectionality, student development, and violence prevention.
THI SYNAVONE - ADVOCATE Support Program Manager
Thi Synavone has worked in the Domestic and Sexual Violence Field for over 20 years. Thi has provided direct advocacy to survivors, managed programs, coordinated events to promote awareness about DV and SV for professionals and community members, and facilitated trainings on advocating for immigrant and refugee populations. Thi is a graduate from Augsburg College with a dual major in Political Science and Communications. Prior to coming to StandPoint, Thi has worked with Cornerstone as the Supervisor for the Day One Call Center and as the Program Manager at the Southwest Crisis Center.
Maret Banks - Underserved Populations Support Advocate
Maret Banks has worked in the domestic and sexual violence field since 2012. Maret joined Standpoint in August of 2018. Maret has worked in youth mentorship, GLBTQIA2S+ policy and field development, mental health support and advocacy, suicide prevention, and crisis intervention for families experiencing domestic violence. As the Underserved Populations Support Advocate, Maret communicates with various communities throughout Minnesota to develop an outreach program that will incorporate the cultural needs of every community into legal advocacy for domestic violence and sexual assault. Maret is a graduate of Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois. They have received their Bachelors of Science in Clinical Psychology, Gender Studies, and Human Services. They are currently attending Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota for their Master’s Degree in Health and Human Services, where they are working to attain their licensure in Drug and Alcohol Counseling and Clinical Counseling. Their pronouns are She/Her/They/Them.