Thor Halvorssen is a professional who founded several institutions with the premise of advocating for human rights. He educates people worldwide on issues of equality and justice. His advocates for democracy, public policy, public interest individual rights, and civil liberties. He was born in Venezuela on March 9, 1976. His family has links to several influential people. For example, his mother Hilda is descendent of the first president of Venezuela named Cristobal Mendoza. Thor Halvorssen received his education at the University of Pennsylvania and obtained dual undergraduate and graduate degrees in Political Science and History, graduating magna cum laude.
He is a writer and has published pieces in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. He uses media outlets such as TED talks and movies to discuss human rights issues. This supports his assertion that freedom of speech is crucial to a progressive society.
Thor Halvorssen was the CEO of Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. He stepped down and became CEO and president of the Human Rights Foundation. Thor Halvorssen started the Olso Freedom Forum, which is an opportunity for people from all over the world to gather in Norway and discuss human rights issues. He also created the Moving Pictures Institute and uses film as a medium to illustrate modern day human rights issues. One of his more well-known productions is 2081 which is a film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s short story Harrison Burgeron, which is about a dystopian society where all are made equal through forced handicapping.
Thor Halvorssen uses a variety of ways to advocate for human rights, and his influence is seen in the media, public sector, and film.