Laurel Healy reluctantly re-enters the Washington political scene when she's unable to get funding for her new Internet documentary. However, she soon discovers something sinister afoot when a woman claims that husband's personality changed after a sea voyage, and a Smithsonian doctor's head explodes.moreless
Following the first Republican debate, Olivia is presented with damaging information about an opponent and enlists the Gladiators to verify its authenticity. Meanwhile, David deals with fallout from his dating life, and Cyrus continues to work on his own political agenda.moreless
Barba and Benson's case involving Noah's biological father threatens Benson and Noah's future.
A little boy is kidnapped from school and a ransom request is made. Detectives soon uncover that the boy knew his abductor, but friction between his parents impedes the investigation. Meanwhile, Benson must take an exam to formalize her promotion.moreless
When a woman recants her testimony which, as a child, helped convict her father, the team reviews the original investigation. However, the assigned judge refuses to grant a new trial, and Bayard Ellis calls on retired Capt. Cragen for assistance.moreless
A Chicago crime resembles a decade-old New York City case, so police from Chicago arrive and team up with the squad to track down a suspect they had to release earlier.
A teen party that became an orgy yields explicit photos that go viral. Barba's focus on prosecuting the student who posted the photographs is sidelined by a cluster of measles cases which are traced back to the same party. As the virus spreads through the city, Benson's son becomes one of the victims, and she looks into the mothers who may have falsified documents in order to enroll their kids into the school system. Elsewhere, Amaro copes with news about his son.moreless
Carisi's future brother-in-law makes a rape accusation against his female parole officer, forcing Carisi to investigate whether his sister's fiancé is telling the truth or allowing his old bad habits to resurface.
A famous author whom Carisi idolizes becomes the center of a feud between his wife and two daughters. As evidence mounts against the wife, Carisi takes a personal interest in the case and the man's well-being. Elsewhere, Barba faces his own family conflict when he forces a decision on his abuela.moreless
Scanavino discovers a woman posing as a madam while he is undercover on a trafficking sting. It turns out she's there to track down her daughter, who disappeared three years ago. The team must then balance ethics and necessity as they search for her daughter while closing in on the perpetrator - an unexpectedly familiar face. Elsewhere, Benson gets disturbing news that may affect her son.moreless
Benson and Rollins deal with the fallout after a rape suspect is released due to no evidence and the rape victim's father takes justice into his own hands.
Amaro's estranged father is arrested at his own wedding after a fight erupts, and Amaro becomes a witness in a case involving family secrets.
A 15-year-old girl, answering a social media invitation, sneaks out to meet her movie star crush. Later she is found hanging onto life in an alley after a sexual assault. Olivia believes the star is the perpetrator, but cannot find any proof against him. Proof comes in the form of missing security footage that the website posts. The site owner refuses to reveal his source, and it is up to Barba to find a way to make him do so.moreless
Rollins' old boss from Atlanta visits New York City along with his newest detective, who is found unconscious in her hotel bathroom. The rookie detective makes a rape claim, but then she recants it, leading Rollins to face a dark part of her own past.moreless
Benson and Fin work together to save a woman whose abuse by her boyfriend shows up on a security tape. As a last ditch effort, they ask ADA Barba for assistance. Meanwhile, Amaro and Rollins are affected by the case.moreless
Police from Chicago work with the squad to track a child-pornography victim, and together they follow a lead about a live-streamed pornography club. However, the case risks being derailed when tension erupts between Benson and the visiting sergeant.moreless
Three girls enter the woods, and two of them vanish while the third gets injured during their quest to find the mythical Glasgowman. As the search for the suspect gets underway, Benson attempts to separate stories of fantasy from reality.moreless
The unit investigates a bike messenger who has a bad history with women, and then must find his manifesto before he commits another violence. Elsewhere, Benson faces criticism of her leadership and priorities by the new SVU deputy chief.moreless
A starlet tries to use her charms to get out of an arrest, but Amaro proves unflappable, earning him a spot back on the SVU squad. The same starlet is later charged with statutory rape, prompting a curious Benson to investigate the actress's own past.moreless
In the 16th-season opener, Benson adjusts to being a foster mom to baby Noah, whose life is in jeopardy after Amaro does some undercover work linked to Noah's deceased biological mother. Meanwhile, a new addition to the squad has a rough start.moreless
An escort service that lures clients online leaves some of its male clients raped and robbed. As Benson investigates the case, she finds that she knows one of her suspects. Meanwhile, Amaro has attracted IA's attention once more, and he reaches out to an old friend for advice.moreless
An undercover operation that targets a famous photographer, yields clues and assumptions, but no proof that the man's fantasies have become reality. And Murphy's new protocol that pushes for more perpetrators, regardless of any ethical or legal breaches, may be at fault.moreless
A TV producer is accused of molesting his daughter, but the cops suspect the accusations are a ploy when his estranged wife won't cooperate with them, yet she will speak with the media about the matter.moreless
Benson is investigated following William Lewis' death, and a prosecutor convenes a grand jury and calls for her arrest. While two lieutenants advise Benson to save her career at all costs, she wrestles with what's the right thing to do.moreless
William Lewis escapes from prison, and kidnaps a girl. In order to rescue her, Lewis requires the truth from Benson and a showdown.