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Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaking in Washington, D.C., on July 1. Photo: Ken Cedeno/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

The State Department said in a report Thursday that historical discriminatory policies in the United States and other countries contribute to current human trafficking.

Why it matters: It's the first time the federal government has linked systemic racism in the U.S. and abroad to global human trafficking, according to Reuters.

What they're saying: "In many ways, the United States and other governments face human trafficking challenges and trends today that reflect the living legacy of the systemic racism and colonization globalized during the transatlantic slave trade through chattel slavery and regional practices of indigenous dispossession," the State Department said in its “Trafficking in Persons” report.

  • "U.S. and global data show human traffickers disproportionately target those in positions of socioeconomic or political vulnerability due to discriminatory policies, who are often people of color or part of a racial minority," the department added.
  • "We must break this inhumane cycle of discrimination and injustices if we hope to one day eliminate human trafficking," Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.

The big picture: The department said the coronavirus pandemic has also had "unprecedented repercussions" on human trafficking since it created conditions that increased the number of people vulnerable to being trafficked.

  • Governments were forced to divert resources away from anti-trafficking efforts to respond to the pandemic.

Go deeper: U.S. unveils human trafficking task force

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U.S. envoy to visit Sudan as "most dangerous" crisis intensifies

The sit-in in Khartoum. Photo: Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency via Getty

U.S. envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman will visit Khartoum this week amid what Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has called the “worst and most dangerous" crisis of Sudan’s transition to democracy, two sources with direct knowledge tell Axios.

Driving the news: Roughly 2,000-3,000 people had joined a sit-in in Khartoum as of this afternoon, per Reuters, after protesters massed over the weekend to call on the military to bring down the government. The protests came just four weeks after a failed military coup.

Trump sues National Archives, Jan. 6 committee to block records request

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President Trump filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to block the National Archives from releasing White House records to the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, citing executive privilege.

Why it matters: It's the latest escalation in Trump's campaign to disrupt the committee's sweeping probe into the circumstances surrounding Jan. 6, including his actions and communications leading up to the Capitol attack.

Obama says Powell exemplified what America "can and should be"

Then-President Obama speaks alongside former Secretary of State Colin Powell during a meeting in the Oval Office in 2010. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Obama called Colin Powell an "exemplary soldier and an exemplary patriot" in a statement honoring the former general following his death from COVID-19 complications on Monday.

Why it matters: Powell, the first Black U.S. secretary of state, was known as a Republican but played a critical role in helping Obama get elected in 2008.

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