Thor Halvorssen is one of the most effective human rights activists on the planet. There’s not a battle he will back down from. And he comes from good stock. Halvorssen’s lineage includes a long line of fighters and activists who also showed a lot of guff when it came to the preservation of rights.
Thor Halvorssen’s mother is an activist and direct descendant of Venezuela’s first president Cristobal Mendoza. His grandfather worked as a counsel to the King of Norway during WWII. His cousin and father served time as political prisoners for exposing government corruption in Brazil. His half-Norwegian, half Venezuelan roots run deep and strong. “Nothing can knock us down,” said Halvorssen.
Thor Halvorssen has attempted to better the live of individuals all over the planet. Through is New York based Human Rights Foundation, he has tackled authoritarianism, racism, corruption, child labor laws and plenty of equally important issues.
The 39-year-old has also taken his fair share of beatings and brutalities. A few years ago, he attempted to visit with the leader of Vietnam’s Buddhist church.
Halvorssen says he has no problem with being the new face of human rights. “I love what I do, and I will continue to do so for everyone facing adversities,” said Halvorssen. Everyone knows that Halvorssen is not for sale. He is who he is and has no intentions of changing.