On March 12, 2013, USA-ITA, now the United States Fashion Industry Association, joined other apparel and retail industry associations in sending a letter to Abdulaziz Komilov, Uzbekistan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, who is in Washington, D.C. this week, expressing “deep concerns regarding the continued use of systematic forced labor of children and adults in the cotton sector of Uzbekistan.” The letter urged the Uzbekistan government to invite the high-level ILO tripartite observation mission to conduct unfettered monitoring during the cotton harvest and take immediate and effective time-bound measures to eradicate forced and child labor in the cotton sector.  The letter is available here.