The Many Hats of Thor Halvorssen

Thor Halvorssen, Venezuelan born actor, film producer, author, political activist and human rights advocate has been described as a champion of the underdog and powerless. After his mother was shot during a protest during the Venezuelan recall referendum of 2004 by pro Hugo Chavez supporters, he founded the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) based in New York City. He currently is the President and CEO of the HRF.

The HRF unites people worldwide in the common cause of human rights and freedom. They focus on freeing political prisoners in closed societies. Halvorssen began his lifelong venture in human rights in 1989 as a teenager in London, England when he organized a group against South Africa apartheid. His fight for human rights became very personal in 1993 when his father was arrested on charges of terrorism after investigating the Medellin Cartel link to the Venezuelan businessman and government officials. Thor Halvorssen teamed up with Amnesty International to help force the Venezuelan government to free his dad after 74 days of being locked up and tortured.

Halverson’s film production includes many documentaries of the oppressed. The 2006 documentary Freedom’s Fury of the 1956 water polo Olympic match between Russia and Hungary during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. The Singing Revolution, another 2006 documentary, tells the story of how Estonia was able to liberate itself in 1991 after years of being oppressed by the Soviet Union. A 2007 documentary Indoctrinate U looks at the political correctness and censorship in higher education in America.

Halvorssen can be seen and heard on CNN, NBC, Bloomberg, NPR, Time and lecturing at universities across the United States.

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