Thor Halvorssen is a rock star. The man has quite an interesting story and his actions are incredibly altruistic. And it is surprising to read that he is so passionate about human rights after he grew up so well-off. The news is so often full of wealthy people taking advantage of economic situations, the environment and human rights in order to turn a profit. But Halvorssen is different, and we should all celebrate that fact.
The 40-year-old founder of the Human Rights Foundation comes from a wealthy Norwegian family. His father, working for the Norwegian government in Venezuela, met his mother in South America. They raised their son to speak flawless American English and sent them to college in the United States.
As a freshman in college in Pennsylvania, his father was thrown into jail by the authoritarian dictator of Venezuela. His father was beaten for more than 72 days while a young Thor Halvorssen worked to secure his release alongside international human rights foundations. It was eventually successful.
This sparked an interest in human rights deep within Thor Halvorssen. As a young man in 1999, he led a march on the Lucent Technologies building. Lucent Technologies was using slave labor in China to produce its goods. Thor Halvorssen and his protesters demanded that the company stop using slave labor. They were successful right away. The company signed paperwork guaranteeing that all their goods made in China would be slave labor free.
Thor Halvorssen then went to work for a conservative educational foundation. He fought for the rights of families and individuals to choose their own path in the educational world. This may lead you to believe that the human rights advocate is a conservative, but you would be misled. Thor only cares about human rights.
There are many ways to guarantee quality human rights for a population on both sides of the aisle. When given a political choice, Thor Halvorssen always sides with the politician guaranteeing equality, fair treatment and transparency. It is what led the human rights activist to donate the maximum amount to the presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders.