On June 20, 2014, the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) joined a letter organized by the Cotton Campaign to Secretary of State John Kerry applauding the State Department’s decision to maintain Uzbekistan in Tier 3 in the 2014 Global Trafficking in Persons Report. “We would also like to thank the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights, the Ambassador at Large and Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, the Bureaus of Human Rights and South and Central Asian Affairs, and the U.S. embassy in Tashkent for their ongoing efforts to persuade Uzbekistan’s government to eliminate the scourge of forced and child labor in the cotton sector,” the letter adds.