Thor Halvorssen was born in 1976 to a wealthy and highly politically active family in Venezuela. His family wealth was built primarily on the representation and advocacy for Venezuelan corporations and his father was deeply involved in public policy, anti-narcotics campaigns and politics.
Thor Halvorssen began his human rights activism career while he was doing undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania. At the time, his father had been arrested for anti-narcotics activities and was in prison in Venezuela. He went to bat on his father’s behalf, raising attention to the power of the cartels and human rights violations. He was able to garner the support of many organizations including Amnesty International. Once his father became free, Halvorssen’s activities were noticed by The United Nations and he was offered a position as the directorship of the Pan-American Committee.
Since graduating from The University of Pennsylvania he has staunchly been a supporter, promoter and encourager of the human rights faction. His activism against the atrocities against human rights, slavery, child labor, political dictatorship has been written about such esteemed publications as Time, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.
Halvorssen is often seen as the voice for the downtrodden in international circuits and is an energetic and dynamic speaker on the subjects his is most passionate about.
In 2009 Halvorssen became involved in two human right coalitions on the international scene. The Oslo Freedom Forum is the Norwegian based idea exchange forum which brings together notable heads of state annually as a think tank to advocate human rights efforts globally. The Children Peace Movement is a Czech-based humanitarian effort which attempts to bridge the gap between children, adolescents as well as adults.
He has worked tirelessly as the director of The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and later at the Human Rights Foundation; raising awareness of human rights violations and civil injustices. His vigorous work has spanned the globe as his contributions have aided the cohesiveness of bringing delegates from opposing political parties together in the fight for the equal justice and treatment of oppressed people from all walks of life.
Without limits to boundaries of status, wealth, education or race, his efforts have largely focused on the needs of these people in an overall push to free them from the bondage of dictatorships.
Thor Halvorssen currently involved in the production of films adapted to the various causes in which he is impassioned including political tyranny as well as the human struggle of the common man in subjugated societies.