Born to Venezualean parents who were both persecuted under the tyrannical socialist regime of Hugo Chavez, Mr. Halvorssen developed a burning desire to combat authoritarianism governments wherever he found them at a relatively young age. Though he is primarily known through his activist work with the Human Rights Foundation, a multinational political action coalition group which he co-founded, he has also worked in numerous mediums and industries to further his goals of a more just and peaceful world.
Mr. Halvorssen’s first real foray into politics came in the late 1990s when he spoke at the floor of Lucent Technologies (a company of which he was currently a shareholder), addressing the corporate higher ups on the issue of Chinese labor and the problems it was possessing for the company, given how much of a problem slave labor was in China generally.
Shortly thereafter, in the mid 2000s, Mr. Halvorssen created the Human Rights Foundation, a immensely successful non-profit which has worked closely with human rights groups operating out of closed societies the world over. However, what most people do not know about Mr. Halvorssen is that he has also worked extensively within the film industry as a producer, generally in a executive capacity, typically with documentary films that are political in nature. His first couple of films were produced not long after the founding of The Human Rights Foundation, including, Hammer & Tickle (2006), Freedom’s Fury (also produced in 2006), Indoctrinate U (2007) and, most recently, State of Control (2016).