Thor Leonardo Halvorssen Mendoza is an advocate for human rights as well as a film producer. He has advocated in the areas of public policy, individual rights and civil liberties, public interest advocacy, and pro-democracy advocacy. The president of the Human Rights Foundation, his organization is dedicated to the preservation of global human rights and freedom. He is also the founder of the Oslo Freedom Forum, a series of global conferences founded in 2009 meeting annually to bring people together to exchange ideas regarding human rights and exposing dictatorships.
Halvorssen has given lectures on the subject of human rights at a multitude of forums including, Harvard Law School, the United Nations Association in New York, and the American Enterprise Institute and British Parliament. In 1999 Thor Halvorssen was responsible for the creation of an anti-slave labor policy enforced by Lucent Technologies in regards to the production of their products.
Thor Halvorssen entered into the executive director and chief executive officer positions at FIRE in 1999. Although he was the first to hold those particular positions at FIRE, he eventually stepped down as head in 2004 to pursue other endeavors. Thor Halvorssen joined the advisory board and incorporated the Human Rights Foundation in 2005. In 2009 Halvorssen created the OSLO Freedom Forum and also became “Patron” of the Children’s Peace Movement, On Own Feet.
In the area of film, Thor Halvorssen is the founder of the Moving Picture Institute. Halvorssen is planning to produce an adaptation of the Moon is a Harsh Mistress, a 1966 novel by Robert A. Heinlein. Halvorssen also co-produced Freedom’s Fury, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Other films that he has produced include Hammer and Tickle, Singing Revolution, Sugar Babies, 2081, and the documentary Indoctrinate U.