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Thor Halvorssen is a very well-known human rights activists. Thor Halvorssen was born Thor Leonardo Halvorssen Mendoza. Halvorssen was born in 1976, and he was born to a Venezuelan ambassador; Halvorssen is also a descendent of a very well-known president of Venezuela named Cristobal Mendoza. Halvorssen chose to go to university in the United States, and he graduated from University of Pennsylvania. Halvorssen graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. Halvorssen had studied political science and history while he was at the university.
In 1993, Halvorssen’s father was arrested for possible money-laundering and bank fraud. Halvorssen’s father was in serious danger of being murdered during his time in jail, so Halvorssen led a campaign to get his father released. Many other individuals joined his cause, and there were many protest that helped his father’s case. Halvorssen’s father was eventually found innocent of all charges against him.Halvorssen’s mother was shot in 2004, and she was wounded while she attended some peaceful protest. There were many images taken of government official firing at supporters, and these images were televised. Halvorssen had always claimed that members of the Venezuelan government were the individuals that perpetrated the crime, and those gunmen were later apprehended and found guilty of bodily harm.
In 1999, Thor Halvorssen became the executive director of the Foundation for Individual Rights and Education. This is a group that has the goal of focusing on civil liberties in academia and this foundation sustains the individual rights of American colleges and universities. These rights include freedom of speech, legal equality, and due process.The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education has criticize the administration of universities that have violated the freedom of speech and due process rights for students in colleges or universities. The foundation for individual rights and education has not political affiliation, and they only have freedom in education as their goal. Thor Halvorssen is an individual with a long history of fighting for civil rights, and he also has accomplished much when it comes to his personal career.