Andy Barillas, 37, came to Clarke Square as an infant with his family in the 1980s, after they fled the civil war in El Salvador. His family was one of the first El Salvadorian families to settle in Milwaukee. Barillas is happy that the Clarke Square neighborhood is still one of the first stops in Milwaukee for immigrants arriving from Latin American countries.
About Edgar Mendez
Edgar is a senior staff reporter for the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service. Mendez is a proud graduate of UW-Milwaukee, where he double majored in Journalism and Sociology, and of Marquette University, where he earned a master’s degree in Communication. As an accomplished journalist, Edgar’s awards include a 2018 Regional Edward R. Murrow award, several press club awards and a Society of Professional Journalists’ regional award for columns dealing with issues such as poverty, homelessness and racism.