On May 25, 2016, the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) joined a Cotton Campaign letter to the President of Turkmenistan, urging him to take action to end forced labor in the cotton sector. This year, the International Labour Organization (ILO) reports “deep concern the widespread use of forced labour in cotton production which affects farmers, businesses and private and public sector workers, including teachers, doctors and nurses, under threat of losing their jobs, salary cuts, loss of land and extraordinary investigations.” The letter was delivered prior to Turkmenistan’s participation in the ILO Conference, which is taking place in Geneva from May 30-June 10, 2016. The letter is available here.