Joy Yoon

Co-founder & International Director, Ignis Community

Region(s): Asia
Country of focus: North Korea, South Korea
Based in South Korea

Joy Yoon (@JoyYoon9) is the Co-founder and International Director of Ignis Community, a non-profit organization that provides medical treatment to children with behavioral and developmental disabilities. With over ten years of experience living and working in North Korea, Joy Yoon brings a unique perspective on civilian life inside the country. In fall 2020, Ignis Community will open the Pyongyang Spine Rehabilitation Center (PYSRC), the first medical training center of its kind for the non-surgical treatment of spinal injuries and developmental disabilities. 

Joy Yoon’s humanitarian work in the DPRK has been highlighted in TIME Magazine, Missions Frontiers, Plough, and as well as other publications. Her first published book, Discovering Joy: Ten Years in North Korea was released on October 26, 2018. She is the co-author of the 2019 report on the human costs and gendered impact of sanctions against North Korea. 

Joy is currently working on a second book describing the journey of her family’s work and life in North Korea.