Thor Halvorssen has made a name for himself for years by considering the needs of others. A native of Venezuela, Halvorssen has worked for years as a a Venezuelan human rights advocate and also as a film producer. Halvorssen has been an activist in the areas o public policy, individual rights and civil liberties. Halvorssen is the founder of Oslo Freedom Forum, and also serves as the is president of the Human Rights Foundation, an group devoted to global human rights. His work is far reaching he has had a major impact in numerous ways.
Thor Halvorssen’s roots take him back to Venezuela. His family was prosperous and held high position in the country. Halvorssen eventually made it to the states where he went to the University of Pennsylvania and graduated magna cum laude. Both of Halvorssen’s parents were treated unfairly during his childhood. His father was put in prison for investigating money laundering. He was beaten and tortured during the process. Halvorssen’s mother shot and wounded during a peaceful protest of the Venezuelan recall referendum back in 2004. These events appeared to have shaped Halvorssen’s passion for human rights.
In the late ninteis Halvorssen became the CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education also known as FIRE. FIRE is a U.S. organization that brought together various groups including the Heritage Foundation and the Eagle Forum. The ultimate goal was to make sure that Liberty of opinion, speech, and expression were available to all.
After years of service with FIRE Halvorssen would move on to other ventures. In 2009 he created the Oslo Freedom Forum, a group of human rights advocates. The groups work has been so impactful it was labeled a “Gathering of Heroes” by the Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang. Halvorssen is also involved in other ventures including the Children’s Peace Movement, started in 2009 and producing movies. Halvorssen co-produced the film Freedom’s Fury and is currently producing The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, based on Robert A. Heinlein’s science fiction novel. Halvorssen’s work is far extending and continues to have an impact on many.