Who founded HRF and when was it founded?

HRF was founded April 12, 2005 by Thor Halvorssen. Three months previous, on February 1, 2005, his mother was shot by the Venezuelan government while she was in the streets protesting their corruption. But no matter what Halvorssen did, no one would hold the 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.