Bringing together all law enforcement agencies of Imperial County as well as non-profit organizations, Law Day 2023 made its grand comeback by successfully connecting the community with people they can trust when they need help.
Law Day, held annually at the beginning of May, is a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law. Law Day provides an opportunity to understand how law and the legal process work in the local community. Beyond Borders Gazette participated in the event.
“We didn’t do it due to the pandemic and the reason why it must be because we have probation, social services, behavioral health, so anyone that has a question they can talk to them, and the outcome today was just awesome,” said Maria Rhinehart, Imperial Valley Court CEO.
Raul Garcia from Imperial County Behavioral Health Department echoed the sentiments of the importance of Law Day and having a closer relationship with the community.
One of their services is the Casa Serena program provides an alternative treatment to individuals suffering from psychiatric emergencies. Casa Serena offers comfortable rooms to individuals promoting a calm environment. This therapeutic approach is accessible to clients experiencing emotional distress and is intended to assist individuals identify and de-escalate symptoms causing the distress. Casa Serena is an additional resource available to clients suffering from mental health and/or substance use disorder and may require the space and time to regulate their emotions.
For Stacy Chandler, a representative from Lifted Up Living, Law Day is one of his favorite days of the year.
“It’s an opportunity to learn about the amazing resources and show people what we offer women who are going through life challenges and we keep them lifted,” Chandler said.
Lifted Up Living is a non-denominational faith-based non-profit 501 (c) (3) ministry dedicated to educating, equipping and encouraging positive life skills for the well-being of men, women, and families to live a positive, productive Christ-filled life.
Their goal is to spread the gospel and the love of Christ throughout our community and around the world as we disciple others to break the chains of family destruction and dysfunction while learning to live a new way.
Imperial County Lawyers Association President Liza Barraza-Manriquez said this event is important for the community to meet law enforcement and other partners.
“It’s a great day and it turned out to be a great event,” she said.