Thor Halvorssen is a Venezuela-born human rights advocate and current president of the Human Rights Foundation. Born on March 9, 1976, Halvorssen has family ties in the political arena as the son of Thor Halvorssen Hellum, a Venezuelan ambassador and is a distant relative to Cristobal Mendoza, the first President of Venezuela. Thor Halvorssen is a staunch advocate of democracy and has lead in the fight against dictatorship and human trafficking. Both of Halvorssen’s parents have fought in the war to instill democracy, facing several assassination attempts and further spurring Halvorssen’s call to action.
Educated in America, Thor Halvorssen attended the University of Pennsylvania where he received his degrees in political science and history. He began his crusade for human rights across the globe by first challenging apartheid in South Africa while living in London, and later protested human labor rights in China, alleging the use of slave-labor. As an active participant in many human rights movements worldwide, Halvorssen employs a private security team because of constant threats on his life.
Located in New York City, the Human Rights Foundation opened its doors in 2006, and has since continued Halvorssen’s war to protect essential human rights across the globe. The Human Rights Foundation is responsible for the Oslo Freedom Forum, which brings together notable people worldwide for conferences and fellowship, in an effort to continue towards creating a unified governing body. The Human Rights Foundation has many international supporters, including Russian chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov, author Elie Wiesel, and former Prime Minister of Estonia, Matt Laar.
Aside from his work as a human rights advocate, Thor Halvorssen is also a film producer and actor, holding over eighteen credits for films, such as Freedom’s Fury, Indoctrinate U, and 2081. Halvorssen’s work has appeared in several reputable print magazines, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. Halvorssen has received a myriad of awards for his works in human rights, most notably the Sol Feinstone Award, which was presented by his alma mater.