Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) has created the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office (VOICE) in response to President Donald Trump’s Executive Order entitled ‘Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States’. It is an office to support victims of crimes committed by criminal aliens, and last week two Georgians— Billy and Kathy Inman of Woodstock— were invited as guests for the VOICE launch in Washington, D.C.
The Inmans are the parents of Dustin Inman. He was 16-years-old when killed by a speeding illegal alien who crashed into the Inmans’ vehicle while they were stopped for a red light in Ellijay on Father’s Day weekend, 2000. The illegal alien who took Dustin’s life and put Kathy in a wheelchair for the rest of hers escaped police custody soon after the crash, has never been re-captured and is believed to be in Mexico.
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, at the VOICE ceremony, said: “All crime is terrible, but these victims are unique— and too often ignored. They are casualties of crimes that should never have taken place— because the people who victimized them oftentimes should not have been in the country in the first place.” According to the ICE press release, key objectives of the VOICE office are:
* Use a victim-centered approach to acknowledge and support victims and their families.
* Promote awareness of available services to crime victims.
* Build collaborative partnerships with community stakeholders assisting victims.