The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) is a non-profit organization that is based in New York. It was founded by Thor Halvorssen and works to promote and protect the rights of all humans around the world. The mission of the organization is to ensure that people all around the world are ensured basic freedom and rights. The organization also works to free political prisoners, educate those in closed societies, and provide legal analysis.
Thor Halvorssen is a human rights activist who founded the Human Rights Foundation. He began advocating for human rights as a teenager in 1989 while in London during South Africa’s apartheid. Halvorssen was inspired to begin the HRF after his mother was shot in New York during a political protest and his father was taken as a political prisoner in Venezuela. Since founding the organization, Thor Halvorssen has been featured in several major publications such as “The New York Times”, “the Washington Post”, “the Economist”, “The Wall Street Journal”, “New York Post”, “TIME Magazine”, and NPR. He is also a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he has his graduate degrees in both history and political science.
In addition to being a human rights activist, Thor Halvorssen is also a documentary film producer. The documentaries that he has helped to produce have raised awareness to the plight of others around the world. He helped produce “The Sugar Babies” which shines a spotlight on the harsh conditions that children are forced to work in on the sugarcane fields in the Dominican Republic. “Hammer & Tickle”, which is a film that focuses on the tyranny of the Soviets. As well as “Freedom’s Fury”, which centers on the uprising of the people of Hungary against the dictatorship in 1956. “The Sugar Babies” won several awards and helped to raise awareness about children who are forced into slavery.