On September 9, 2013, USA-ITA (now the United States Fashion Industry Association) joined the Cotton Campaign and over two dozen other trade and human rights organizations in releasing a statement on the start of the cotton harvest in Uzbekistan, which still utilizes forced and child labor. The statement applauds the International Labour Organization (ILO) for preparing to deploy teams to monitor the harvest, but urges the ILO to “make every effort possible to obtain independent information, publicly report all findings and any interference by Uzbek Government, and validate the findings and monitoring process with the International Trade Union Confederation and International Organisation of Employers.” For more information on this issue, visit www.cottoncampaign.org