Seeking Justice Together

The 3 Goals of the International Social Justice Commission

  • INCREASE PASSION FOR JUSTICE IN THE SALVATION ARMY FAMILY: The Salvation Army (officers, soldiers, employees and volunteers) at
    all levels show increasing capacity to seek justice together in the world and in the Army.

  • INSPIRE LEADERS TO SEEK JUSTICE: Salvation Army leaders at corps, centre, division, territorial and international level are inspired and
    connected to seek justice together in the world and in the Army.
  • INFLUENCE GLOBAL PARTNERS FOR GOD’S JUSTICE: Salvation Army personnel influence and learn from global partners, policy makers
    and networks to promote justice and peace.

Who We Are

We are the International Social Justice Commission, part of The Salvation Army’s International Headquarters, based in New York City.

What We Do

  • We listen to the experience of The Salvation Army working in 127 countries and seek to represent their voices at the United Nations (New York, Vienna, Geneva, Nairobi) and other global forums such as the World Bank.
  • We research and develop expertise on relevant global issues in light of our Christian faith.
  • We share this information as widely as possible by publishing books, developing online resources, teaching and speaking at conferences.
  • We coordinate The Salvation Army’s international response against human trafficking.
  • We personally seek to “act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).

Why We Do It

Meet the Team

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Colonel Janet Munn
Director

Janet has given many summers of her life to summer camping ministry for underprivileged children and youth. In contexts ranging from local, regional, to international, she calls people to prayer, and to personal transformation in community.

She has been an officer in The Salvation Army for over 30 years and has served globally in leadership, and in local Salvation Army congregations, both urban and suburban. Janet served as Principal of the College for Officer Training in Australia and in New York in recent years.

Janet describes the Bible as the most invigorating, disturbing and enlivening thing she has ever read, and is endeavouring to live in the light of it.

Janet is the wife of an Anglo-American-egalitarian-husband and the mother of beautiful, articulate, and blessed young adults, Nealson and Captain Olivia (and Lt. Pratik), all of whom live in New York City.

Colonel Janet Munn and her husband Richard currently serve as Directors of the International Social Justice Commission in New York City.

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Colonel Richard Munn
Director

Richard Munn was born in London, spent his childhood in the Congo and in 1987 was commissioned as a Salvation Army officer in the USA East.

He and Janet have served as corps officers, divisional leaders, USA East territorial cabinet and principals of the International College for Officers, London, UK.

Recently Richard served as Chief Secretary, Australia East and Secretary for Theology and Christian Ethics, USA East.

He and Janet currently serve as directors of the International Social Justice Commission, New York City.

Richard received a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. His thesis assesses the egalitarian leadership model of The Salvation Army.

Richard and Janet have two young adult children, Nealson and Capt. Olivia, married to Lt. Pratik Munn-Shirsath, all residing in New York City.

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Major Victoria Edmonds
Senior United Nations Representative

Major Victoria Edmonds was born in Brooklyn, New York, but grew up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where she learned the culture and traditions of her own heritage, the Tuscarora Nations of Native Americans.

Victoria has served in numerous corps appointments including the New York Harlem Temple Corps. She has served in Divisional Headquarters appointments, as well as the League of Mercy/Community Care Secretary and Chaplain for the Women's Shelters in New York City. She has also served in the Caribbean, along with her husband, with responsibilities for all the Virgin Islands both British and American.

Prior to becoming an officer in The Salvation Army, Victoria served 10 years in the United States Navy. The major has an Associates Degree in Library Science, a Bachelors Degree in Organizational Management and a Masters in Intercultural Studies.

Victoria currently represents The Salvation Army at all levels of United Nations engagements and on NGO Committees. She serves on NGO Executive Committees and is Vice-Chair of the Working Group on Girls.

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Dr. James Read
Senior Policy Analyst

Dr James Read (Jim) has been a Senior Policy Analyst for the ISJC since 2008, and Chair of the International Moral and Social Issues Council. He devotes half of his time to this work. The other half of his time is spent as the Executive Director of The Salvation Army Ethics Centre in Winnipeg, Canada.

Jim has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

He is married to Laurie, a nurse who has specialized in end-of-life care. They have three adult children, a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law, and five grandchildren. Laurie and Jim belong to Heritage Park Temple corps in Winnipeg.

One of the delights of his present life is to work alongside other Christians who are seeking justice together.

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Dr. Laurelle Smith
Research Analyst

Dr Laurelle Smith is a salvationist from Wellington, New Zealand and has recently moved to New York to be the ISJC's Research Analyst.

Laurelle completed her undergraduate and Master’s studies in Neuroscience and has a PhD in Medicine from the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. Her PhD studies focused on improving the health, development and future outcomes of New Zealand children with a particular focus on sleep and aimed to increase children’s quality of life, potential, growth, education and development.

Laurelle has a passion for transforming lives through the eradication of social injustice and her role at the ISJC combines this passion with the research skills she acquired during her Master’s and PhD studies.


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Catherine Millan Flores
Intern

Catherine was born and raised in Peru. She moved to the United States in 2012. She is a Salvationist from the USA Southern Territory, Florida and moved to New York in September 2018 to be an ISJC intern until September 2019.

Catherine has completed her undergraduate studies in Quantitative Economics and Econometrics and has a minor in Entrepreneurship. She also has an Education degree in her country of origin and has a passion to work with children because they are an important part of society.

 

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Stephanie Marinelli
Intern

Stephanie comes to the ISJC from Chicago, Illinois, USA.  After completing her undergraduate degree studying international business, she worked for a company in the aviation industry. Stephanie is passionate about applying what she learned in business school and the business world to fighting for social justice.

During her time at University, she spent a semester in Spain studying Spanish and teaching English to pre-school children. Stephanie loves learning languages, trying new foods, and learning about different parts of the world.

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Commissioner Jane Paone
Senior United Nations Representative, Geneva

Proud of her Scottish origins, Commissioner Jane Paone has served as a Salvation Army officer, along with her husband Massimo, in the UK, France and Italy, giving territorial leadership in Italy & Greece, then France & Belgium.  Now based in Bern, Jane heads up the Society and Family department which includes Prison Ministries (with a special project for families) and Anti-Human Trafficking in the Switzerland Austria and Hungary Territory.

Jane has been guest speaker in social holiness conferences in Haiti and in Canada. With a passion for fighting for justice in the world, she aims at connecting all generations and communities so that concrete actions can result. 

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Major Christine Volet-Sterckx
Senior United Nations Representative, Geneva

Major Christine Volet-Sterckx was born in Kinshasa, DRC. She is a nurse by training and was commissioned as a Salvation Army officer in 1987. Christine completed her training with theology study, pastoral care, human resources management and coaching.

Together with her husband and her youngest son, Christine served in Haïti (2010 -2013). This experience left a deep impression on her and strengthened her interest in the needs of families living in poverty. She was particularly challenged by the need of developing a highly respectful approach to her neighbors, where they can be listened to and their resources valued.

Christine is passionate about community development, challenged by poverty and injustice, and very aware of the call to defend the rights of everyone and commit herself to the fight of injustice and inequality.

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Major Joseph Muindi
Senior United Nations Representative, Nairobi

Major Joseph Muindi an officer of Kenya East Territory is the current Training Principal of Officer Training College in the territory. Married to Major Mary Muindi and are blessed with three children (one boy and 2 girls).

Commissioned in December 2000 as an Ambassadors of Grace session. Before joining Officership he was teacher who rose to be an administrator.He has had 4 Corps appointment, an administrator in a Visually Impaired School to overseer Salvation Army operations, tutor for three and half years in Officer Training College and a Command Leader in two Districts and in one Division.

Major has been a Chairperson of National Council Churches of Kenya (NCCK) in Lower Eastern Region for five years. He has worked to alleviate poverty in lower part of Makueni, Machakos and Eastland part of Nairobi by introducing Income Generating Activities with the wife Major Mary Muindi who is currently the Coordinator of Global Sally Ann (Others) Kenya and Director for Special Services.

Joseph completed his BA in Biblical Studies in 2015 in KAG EAST University in Nairobi which was before affiliated to Global University in USA. Currently he is pursuing a Master degree in the same discipline at African International University formally known as NEGEST. Joseph believes a leader should illuminate others to match the times. Lead by example

 

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