In 2010, the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act (CVSSA) became law. The statute required, for the first time, cruise lines to disclose incidents of missing passengers, sexual assaults and other shipboard crimes to the American public.

The legislation was the result of the dedication and hard work of our client and good friend, Laurie Dishman (who traveled to Washington D.C. over 30 times), her Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA), as well as other members of Congress, including Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX)(all photographed below).

A special thank you, of course, goes to former President Obama for signing the ground-breaking legislation into law. He warmly greeted Laurie in his office and acknowledged the brave and special person that she is, while demonstrating great generosity of spirit. President Barack Obama

  • Georgia Ananias

    A special thank you to Laurie as well as all the members of the International Cruise Victims Association (ICV) for getting CVSSA passed in 2010. The challenges now are still to get the law enforced because the cruise lines do not follow CVSSA regulations. Continued work by Laurie, ICV, and Congresswomen and Congressmen are needed to meet these challenges.