For some Latino Muslims, it can be hard to come by spaces where they can fully express both their culture and their religion. On social media platforms, however, connecting to people of similar backgrounds is much simpler. Through Instagram, reporter Maryam Jameel was invited to join a virtual group chat of fellow Latino Muslim millennials, most of whom have never met in real life. Hundreds of messages get sent daily as its members bond and support one another. Over time, Maryam realized just how necessary the group is to keeping some of its members grounded and connected to a religion that some are even keeping secret from their families.

Featured image by Maryam Jameel