The contributors

alexheadshot1 alexandra douglas
Alex recently joined FCNL as the legislative program assistant on human rights, civil liberties, and immigration. She just received her degree in International Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN this past May.

Before coming to FCNL, Alex spent two years advocating with and doing research for sex workers and trafficked persons in Cochabamba, Bolivia, San Francisco, CA, and the Twin Cities, MN. Her written work on the subject critically examines international and domestic policy on prostitution and sex trafficking in relation to the daily realities and survival tactics practiced by the people she worked with. In addition to this work, she worked part-time at an immigrant and refugee rights organization as a facilitator and interpreter.

Alex is excited to be at FCNL and spark on a new journey of advocacy and action. In the future, she hopes to work internationally in crisis relief and refugee services.

Out of the office, Alex loves to be traveling, tasting new foods, talking to people, learning new languages, and being surrounded by her dearest friends. She has lived in five countries and travelled extensively throughout the surrounding regions. Asked where she would like to go next, she responds: “Anywhere.” But, she has an increasing interest in visiting Palestine, Israel, and the Middle East.

ruth-flowerheadshotruth flower
As FCNL’s legislative director, Ruth Flower coordinates the work of the “hill team”. Ruth lobbies on the federal budget, military spending, immigration, civil rights, religious freedom and other domestic issues. Ruth first joined the FCNL staff in 1981, where she served as a lobbyist on domestic issues until June of 1996. In 1996, she became the government relations director and later the director of public policy for the American Association of University Professors. She returned to FCNL in March, 2006.

Ruth is a member of Adelphi Friends Meeting of Baltimore Yearly Meeting; she has served as clerk of her local meeting, clerk of the yearly meeting’s nominating committee, and assistant clerk of the board of Friends House Retirement Community. She is married to Tom Horne and is a proud parent of three adult children, Daniel, Sam, and Anna. Ruth graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the University of California, Davis, School of Law; she is a member of the California and Federal bars.


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