Rana S Alexander, Esq.

Interim Executive Director and Senior Attorney

Rana Alexander has worked in the domestic violence field since 1997. Ms. Alexander joined the Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project (BWLAP) in 2005. Ms. Alexander is the attorney for the statewide organization and she provides legal advice and consultation to battered women, advocates and attorneys on legal issues that effect domestic violence victims. Ms. Alexander is responsible for training and outreach to attorneys involving issues of domestic 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 Women Studies from Iowa State University. Ms. Alexander is licensed in both Massachusetts and Minnesota. .

Deirdre Keys

Advocate Support Program Manager

Deirdre Keys has been working with women affected by physical violence, emotional abuse, sexual assault, and stalking for many years in the capacity of legal advocate in the state of Minnesota. She has performed legal advocacy duties in civil and criminal court working with prosecution, judges, and corrections, providing a vehicle for the victim’s voice. Deirdre experienced a five-year project of working exclusively with victims of stalking, giving her a unique, well-informed insight of daily challenges of overcoming stalker tactics. System professionals working in colleges, legal aid, corrections, and prosecution continue to consult with Deirdre in order to evaluate lethality for their clients and their staff. Deirdre has developed and trained on related topics with titles such as Recognizing and Working with Stalking Victims; Stalking, Mental Health and Self-Care for Service Providers; Starting a Stalking Support Group; and Women and Care: On Nurturing Self-Sovereignty. Please contact Deirdre if you are exploring training, protocol development, or consultation opportunities.

Celia Lewis

Legal Advocate, Immigration


Celia Lewis is a recent Winona State University (WSU) graduate with a paralegal major, and a political science minor. During her studies at WSU Celia became a certified Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault advocate. Last year, while interning at BWLAP, she began preparing to become a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accredited representative. Now Celia is BWLAP’s newest Legal Advocate. Her focus is working with trafficking victims to assist them in accessing, the immigration law relief available to them. Celia is bilingual in Spanish and is from St. Charles, MN.

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