Thor Leonardo Halvorssen Mendoza was born on March 9, 1976. He is commonly known as Thor Halvorssen, is now 41 years old, and is the president of the New York-based Human Rights Foundation (HRF), which was launched in 2005. Thor was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. His father was Norwegian and his mother was Venezuelan. Thor Halvorssen is a human rights advocate and a film producer. He has contributed in the fields of public policy, public interest advocacy, individual rights, civil liberties, and pro-democracy advocacy. New York Times described him as “a champion of the underdog and the powerless,” after he began to advocate for human rights. He grew up with turmoil around him and had no choice but to be involved in the promotion of due process and individual rights. His father became a political prisoner in Venezuela. His mother is descended from the first president of Venezuela. He founded HRF after his mother was shot during a political protest. Halvorssen is the founder and CEO of the Oslo Freedom Forum. This is an annual global gathering of the human-rights festival. He is currently producing a film adaptation of “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.” with Bryan Singer, who directed the Usual Suspects and the X-men movies. “I love people!” Thor says in an emphatic way. Those he loves most are dissidents and defectors, freedom’s troublemakers who blow spitballs at authoritarians while standing up against tyranny. Love is why Thor takes a beating and continues on ticking.
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