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 International Crime Victims Association (ICV)April 28 - 2011 : International Cruise Victims Association (ICV) Members meet with the FBI

ICV members were in Washington D.C. from April 12th-15th for several important meetings. These included meeting with the United States Coast Guard concerning the regulations for the law passed last year.

In addition, ICV members made a major 50 page presentation in the FBI headquarters to representatives of the FBI, the Executive Office of the United States Attorneys, and the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice. This discussion concerned the need to follow up on crimes that occur on cruise ships.

From the FBI the ICV received the following after the meeting...

“Ken – thank you for taking the time to educate us on ICV. It was enlightening for everyone on my side of the table and you have our commitment moving forward.”

Kendall Carver is the Chairman of the ICV

From the Department of Justice the ICV received the following comment...

“Please be assured that we will work closely with the Coast Guard, FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies to ensure the U.S. Attorneys’ offices have the evidence necessary to prosecute crimes occurring on cruise vessels. Given the logistics of these cases, the initial entity that has dominion over the investigation is often the cruise line, so we will be working with the Coast Guard to ensure that the regulations promulgated as a result of the new statute will be effective to meet the needs of a criminal prosecution.”

In addition to these important meetings, ICV members were visiting members of both the House and Senate in an effort to move forward with corrective changes to the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA).

It is worth noting that these and other members have come, time and time again at their own expense (at least $1000 per person for each trip) to make these calls.

For more information about the issues of safety at sea and the legislation surrounding this, take a look at the unique Prow's Edge Cruise Magazine section about Safety and Crime at Sea.

For more information about the International Crime Victims Association, please visit or contact Kendall Carver
at [email protected], phone 602 852 5896 or 602 989 6752

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