Thor Halvorssen Mendoza is a Venezuelan based human rights activist. Thor is also a film producer and has contributed significantly in the fields of Public Policy, Public interest advocacy, civil rights, and pro-democracy advocacy among many others. Thor is described by many as a champion for the powerless. His career as an activist began in 1989 by championing for the end of apartheid in South Africa. Mendoza’s father became a political prisoner, and this act prompted him to get involved in full time as a promoter of due-process. In 2004, his mother was shot in a political protest. Her death prompted him to start a human rights foundation. The foundation is based in New York City.1)
The organization deals in the advocacy for political prisoners and promotion of democracy in Latin America. Since its inception, the foundation has secured the release of seven prisoners. It has also contributed to the provision of evidence in truth commissions. Additionally, the foundation has published on matters relating to human rights and the responsibilities of the state to its citizens. Thor is the founder and head of Oslo Freedom Forum. The forum is an international gathering where human rights activist meets and share ideas. Thor is the patron at a children peace movement called On Own Feet.
Halvorssen filming career is based or seeks to address human rights and advocate against dictatorial rule. He is currently working on a film adapted from the novel called The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. In the movie Freedoms Fury, Thor acted as a co-producer. In the film industry, he received a recognition award for the Hammer and Tickle film. Its cast taught on the importance of humor, ridicule, and satire as the means to shed light on the truth under tyrannical rule. He has been instrumental in Estonia’s peaceful struggle for political independence. The film received a standing ovation and became the best-selling documentary in the Estonian box-office industry. In regards to human trafficking, Halvorssen produced the Sugar Babies, a film that advocated for the rights and plight of the migrant farm workers.
Halvorssen has been awarded by the University of Pennsylvania with the Sol Feinstone Award. The recognition is purposely for defending and protecting student speech. Thor was awarded a silver medal in commemoration of the Romanian Revolution of 1989.