Thor Halvorssen is a 39-year-old human rights advocate and produces films. He is of Norwegian and Venezuelan descent and was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. Raised in a wealthy family which had a driver, butler, cook, bodyguard, and other servants he was always taught to respect those who worked for him. Thor went to the University of Pennsylvania, graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa and has degrees in Political Science and History.
Advocacy for Thor began in 1989 in London by organizing opposition to South African apartheid. In 1999 Thor became the CEO and executive director of FIRE (the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) a civil liberties organization based in the US. Thor Halvorssen joined the Board of Advisors of FIRE in March 2004 When he stepped down from his previous duties. He founded and is president of the New York-based Human Rights Foundation (HRF) in 2004 and HRF was incorporated in 2005. The HRF headquarters opened its doors in August 2006. In 2009 Thor also founded the Oslo Freedom Forum. The Oslo Freedom Forum is a gathering of human rights advocates from all over the world. He is the founder of the Moving Picture Institute, On Own Feet, and the Patron of the Czech-based Children’s Peace Movement.
Halvorssen regularly meets with North Korean defectors, activists, and friends of his from Silicon Valley. The stories of the defectors is always a sad one, but they are all thankful to have a better life. They help spread information and media to the citizens of the oppressed regime. They use tactics like attaching leaflets to balloons filled with helium and releasing them at the border of South Korea in the hopes that the balloons will drift to nearby cities and towns. Once in the air, the balloons are popped by a time-released acid. Other en devours include sending movies, treats and candy, bibles, and even what is purported to be photos of Kim Jong-Un’s wife in a porno. These actions are a regular part of Thor’s repertoire to give hope to North Korean citizens. Follow Halvorssen on Facebook to learn more about his causes.