Our Story

Since 2005, WE HAVE WORKED TIRELESSLY TO FIGHT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS. EVERY YEAR OUR IMPACT GROWS.

 

 

On February 1, 2005, our founder’s mother was shot by the Venezuelan government while she was protesting their corruption in the streets. But no matter what Thor Halvorssen did, no one would take action to hold the Venezuelan government accountable.

Halvorssen’s only recourse was to create an entity that could fight for the rights others were unable to protect. HRF incorporated on April 12, 2005, in Washington, D.C., with the pro bono assistance of Ron Jacobs, Venable LLP.

Former Cuban prisoner of conscience and diplomat Armando Valladares became HRF’s first chairman in March 2006. Founding HRF international council member and Czech dissident Václav Havel became chairman in August 2009. After the passing of Havel, Garry Kasparov, a world-renowned chess player, and Russian human rights activist became HRF chairman in May 2012.

 

OUR STORY IS EVER-GROWING.
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