The reception was held in the Capital building and was well attended by Congressional leaders and their staff, members of the ICV, members of victim and rape crisis non-profit organizations, and the press.
The highlight of the reception included the appearance of Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D - CA) who introduced the new cruise safety bill in the House of Representatives after her constituent, Laurie Dishman, was a victim of a violent crime on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. Congressman Ted Poe (R - TX) also attended and spoke at the reception.
ICV President Ken Carver spoke to the group and chronicled the formation of the ICV and the struggle against the cruise industry over the past five years to get the cruise safety law passed.
Consider reading Congressional All Stars Pass Cruise Crime Law By Vote of 416 to 4 to learn more about the efforts to pass the new cruise law.
Congratulations to Congress and the ICV members for their dedication and hard work!
Enjoy the photographs of the reception below:
Above: Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA - D), CNN's David Fitzpatrick, and ICV President Ken Carver.
Below: Ken Carver with former New York Times and LA Times Editor Douglas Franz.
Below: Ken Carver and ICV members and supporters.