|Affiliation||New York City Police Department|
|Division||Special Victims Unit|
|Family|| Maria Grazie (wife)|
Zara Amaro (daughter)
Gilberto Chavez (son)
|First Appearance||Personal Fouls|
Nicholas "Nick" Amaro is a detective who transferred to the Special Victims Unit from narcotics and warrants in 2011. He is charismatic and charming, often using his charm to get difficult witnesses who won't cooperate to talk.
Amaro is married with one child, a five-year-old daughter named Zara (Allison Fernandez). His wife Maria (Laura Benanti) was in Iraq and returned on Valentine's Day. (SVU "Personal Fouls") Nick is a Catholic, fluent in Spanish, and also apparently has good connections with the community. Amaro's father beat his mother when he was younger, and later fled to Miami, Florida; he attributes his firm belief in divorce to this. He and his wife have recently split up, Maria having moved to D.C. to take a job taking Zara with her.
He has no sympathy for people who rape the mentally ill or children. In "True Believers" he says his rank is Detective Second Grade. He worked in vertical patrol in housing projects for 6 years "Educated Guess" He seems to be protective of Amanda Rollins and is suspicious of his wife dating other men while in the Army and afterwards, assaulting a friend of hers he believed she was having an affair with after she lied to him about where she was. She denies having an affair and finally reveals to him that she is seeing a psychiatrist and didn't want him to know.
He was forced to kill a man in "Hunting Ground" and has trouble it being his first kill in the line of duty.
He also has a son named Gilberto Chavez with a woman he slept with while working undercover. Later on it was discovered that his wife Maria Grazie took a job in D.C claiming that they needed a break from each other