Congratulations to Samuel Heins on his confirmation by the U.S. Senate to be the U.S. Ambassador to Norway. We look forward to welcoming him to Oslo soon.
Samuel Heins is a lawyer and human rights advocate. In 1982, he founded, organized and served as the first Board Chair for the Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, an organization that provides legal monitoring and aid on rights issues including education, women’s rights, immigration and refugee issues, and the death penalty.
In 1985, he co-founded the Center for Victims of Torture to provide health services, research and advocacy for victims of torture. He was recognized for his ongoing human rights efforts in 1987 with the Minnesota Governor’s Honor Award for International Human Rights Activities and in 2008 with the Advocates’ Don and Arvonne Fraser Human Rights Award. In 2011, he also served as a Private Citizen Member of the U.S. Mission to the U.N. Human Rights Council.
Mr. Heins has recently served on the Board of Governors of the Endowment Campaign of the University of Minnesota Law School, and on the boards of the Ploughshares Fund, PEN American Center and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Minnesota. He earned a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Minnesota, and was awarded the school’s Regent’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010.