On April 24th, the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) joined other apparel and retail associations in sending a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry urging the government to again place Uzbekistan in Tier 3 in the 2014 Global Trafficking in Persons Report. “Such a ranking would communicate to the Uzbek government that its policy and practice of forced labor is unacceptable and would support a decision by the Uzbek government to work urgently with the International Labor Organization (ILO) to end forced labor,” the letter states.

On Tuesday, April 29th, the House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled, “Effective Accountability: Tier Rankings and the Trafficking in Person's Report.” Brian Campbell of the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) will use the industry letter in his testimony.