Tariff Act Complaint: ILRF Calls on U.S. Customs Service to Halt Imports of Forced Labor Cotton from Uzbekistan

Publication Date: 

May 15, 2013

Formal Tariff Act Complaint against the importation of cotton from Uzbekistan grown and harvested with forced labor filed with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Under the Tariff Act of 1930, the U.S. Customs Service is required to deny entry to goods that arrive at U.S. ports that contain materials made with forced labor.

Watch a video of the ILRF discussing the Tariff Act with members of congress:


Children and Student Participation in Tajikistan's Cotton Harvest, 2012

Publication Date: 

March 1, 2013

A product of the ongoing ‘Monitoring of Children and Students in the Cotton Fields in Tajikistan’ project conducted by International Organization for Migration (IOM) and sponsored by the United States Department of State’s Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), this report represents the third annual assessment of the project’s monitoring, analytic, and preventative measures.

Aiding and Abetting: How Unaccountable Fair Trade Certifiers Are Destroying Workers’ Rights

Publication Date: 

February 11, 2013

Aiding & Abetting exposes how IMO branded Theo Chocolate, a Seattle-based chocolate company, with its Fair for Life cerficiation despite being informed by Theo workers that the company had hired an anti-union consultant and was violating the international labor standards promoted by Fair for Life during a union organizing campaign.