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Thor Halvorssen: Champion of the People

In a world of often ambiguous morality that seeps down from the highest and most powerful government establishment, Thor Halvorssen is taking a stand and championing human rights like no one has done before.

Born in Venezuela, Halvorssen’s parents (mother from Venezuela and father Norwegian) were descendants of those in power. Halvorssen was born into a well-off family with a dynastic history, setting the stage for his future interests in political corruption and social justice. Attending the University of Pennsylvania, Halvorssen studied Political Science and History, graduating magna cum laude and a member of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa.

Halvorssen’s father was imprisoned during Halvorssen’s time at UPenn. Halvorssen worked with Amnesty International to get his father released, and after 74 days, was successful. Unfortunately, about ten years later his mother was wounded when she was shot at a peaceful protest in Venezuela. Witnessing such violence and injustice happen to his own family was a great motivator for Halvorssen’s life work.

Halvorssen founded the Human Rights Foundation in 2005 in New York. He believes in a hands-on approach to social justice, and has himself been arrested, detained, and beaten while on the job. His goal is to rid the world of tyranny in all forms, and he happily welcomes and recruits like-minded individuals to his cause. The most pressing matter to him is, at this time, the liberation of The Democratic Republic of Korea aka North Korea. The HRF has hacked systems, distributed banned entertainment, and generally attempted to dismantle the dictatorship from the inside out. Rather than balk at the numerous threats made against him by the North Korean government, Halvorssen relishes the challenge and thrives on the adrenaline.

Thor Halvorssen believes wholeheartedly in his cause, and will fight those who threaten social justice with the same fervor he has been attacked his entirely life. With his charm, stealth, and passion, Halvorssen is confident he can topple tyrants around the world.

More about Thor Halvorssen: https://humanrightsfoundation.org/about/board-and-international-council/thor-halvorssen