Seeking Justice Together

The 5 Goals of the International Social Justice Commission

  • Speak Raise strategic voices to advocate with the world’s poor and oppressed.
  • Think Be a recognized center of research and critical thinking on issues of global social justice.
  • Partner Collaborate with like-minded organisations to advance the global cause of social justice.
  • Lead Exercise leadership in determining social justice policies and practices of The Salvation Army.
  • Live Live the principles of justice and compassion and inspire others to do likewise.

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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Lieutenant Colonel Dean Pallant

Lt Colonel Dean Pallant, born and raised in Zimbabwe, was appointed to lead the ISJC based in New York City with his wife, Eirwen, in early 2015. They have been Salvation Army officers for more than 20 years including six years as corps officers and four years in Zambia at Chikankata Hospital. From 2007 to 2014, Dean and Eirwen were International Health Service Coordinators supporting Salvation Army health ministries around the world.

In 2010, Dean was appointed Under Secretary for Programme Resources overseeing all community development, health, schools, emergency services responses and communications across The Salvation Army. In that same year, he completed a doctorate in practical and political theology at King’s College London. His first book entitled Keeping Faith in Faith-Based Organisations – a practical theology of Salvation Army health ministry was published in 2011 in the USA. Dean has served as secretary of the International Moral and Social Issues Council since its formation in 2008. Until the end of 2016, Dean was International Accountability Movement Coordinator.

Dean also works with groups outside The Salvation Army. He has recently been appointed to the board of the Joint Learning Initiative on faith and local communities - bringing together Faith Based Organisations from around the world to learn from each other. Dean is also a member of the International Study Group of the UK Christian Medical Fellowship. He is passionate about connecting the word of God to the struggles of daily life, and the promotion of deeper relationships in families and between communities.

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Lieutenant Colonel Eirwen Pallant
Deputy Director

Lt Colonel Eirwen Pallant was born in India but grew up in Wales. She qualified as a medical doctor before entering the Training College in the UKT and has continued to practice through most of her officership, a ministry that she finds most fulfilling. Eirwen has qualifications in tropical medicine and is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Eirwen, and her husband Dean, have been Salvation Army officers for more than 20 years including six years as corps officers and four years in Zambia at Chikankata Hospital. From 2007 to 2014, Dean and Eirwen were International Health Service Coordinators supporting Salvation Army health ministries around the world.

In 2015, the Pallants were appointed to the ISJC with Dean as Director and Eirwen as Deputy Director. Eirwen was also appointed as the Chair of the International Anti-human Trafficking Task Force.

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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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Commissioner Jane Paone
Senior United Nations Representative, Geneva

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Major Christine Volet-Sterckx
Senior United Nations Representative, Geneva

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Major Joseph Muindi
Senior United Nations Representative, Nairobi

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Captain Pierson Vincent

Captain Pierson Vincent was born and raised in Bahrain in the Persian Gulf. He completed his undergraduate studies with a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies and a minor in Psychology.

Captain Pierson along with his wife Swetha were commissioned as officers of The Salvation Army in 2011 and served as the corps officer of Columbus East Main Corps until June 2016. Pierson is passionate about mentoring at-risk youth and encouraging them to recognise and pursue their God-given potential.

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Captain Swetha Vincent
International Ministries Co-ordinator

Captain Swetha Vincent was born in India but grew up in Chicago. She completed her undergraduate in Biblical Studies and Christian Ministry and is currently enrolled in the Arrow Leadership Training program.

Swetha served as a corps officer at the Columbus East Main Corps in Ohio for five years. She has a passion for working with survivors of human trafficking. Spiritual and trauma care was a significant part of the ministry at this corps.

Currently, Captain Swetha is an officer of the Greater New York division and is appointed to the International Social Justice Commission. Her responsibility is to offer spiritual care and to establish a worshipping community with outreach to the UN community in the area.

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Catherine Millan Flores

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

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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