Created by Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, now in its 23rd season, chronicles the life and crimes of the Special Victims Unit of the New York City Police Department, an elite squad of detectives who investigate sexually based crimes.
As acting commander of the SVU, Sergeant Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) is a seasoned veteran of the unit who has seen it all.
She leads with empathy and professionalism, all the while dealing with her difficult past as a product of rape, and her future as mother to a young child, both of which influence the way she relates to each victim in need of help.
Detective Odafin Fin Tutuola (Ice-T) adds a unique sense of humour and undercover investigative experience, making him a formidable match for any partner.
Detective Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish) has earned her place as an integral part of the team while facing head-on the emotional toll it takes to work SVU.
Detective Dominick Sonny Carisi (Peter Scanavino) brings a fresh outlook and distinctive style of investigation to the squad.
Assistant District Attorney Rafael Barba (Raúl Esparza) seeks justice for SVU's victims and survivors with precision and a passion to win.
In the Season 23 premiere, "And the Empire Strikes Back": As the investigation into a sex-for-housing scheme expands, Benson's loyalty to Garland is tested.
Meanwhile, Rollins and Carisi try to keep their witnesses on board when a powerful congressman is identified as a suspect.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is a Wolf Films production in association with Universal Television.
Dick Wolf is creator and executive producer; Warren Leight, Julie Martin, Jonathan Starch, Peter Jankowski and Arthur Forney are executive producers.