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Rafael Barba
Rafael Barba
Name Rafael Barba
Title Assistant District Attorney
Affiliation Manhattan District Attorney's Office (2012-)
Kings County District Attorney's Office (former)
Division Sex Crimes Bureau
Precinct 16th Precinct
Occupation Attorney
Family Lucia Barba (mother)
Unnamed father (deceased)
Catalina Diaz (maternal grandmother; deceased)
Status Alive
Actor Raúl Esparza
First Appearance "Twenty-Five Acts"

Rafael Barba is the new ADA assigned to the Sex Crimes Bureau. He replaced Cabot, Novak, Haden, and Cutter in the ADA role for Season 14 and was promoted to the main cast for Season 15.

Barba is a by-the-book, no-nonsense ADA who requested a transfer from Brooklyn to Manhattan shortly after the events of the Bart Ganzel/Delia Wilson case. SVU: "Rhodium Nights", "Lost Reputation", "Above Suspicion")

Barba will put pressure on whomever he needs to win the case, whether it is the victim or the arresting officers. 

It is revealed that Barba grew up in The Bronx, and gained a scholarship to Harvard University, where he studied law.


  • In the Season 17 premiere he is still referred to an A.D.A. by his colleagues but the nameplate in his office lists him as the D.A. This is because the nameplates were changed for all A.D.As.


Icon SVU Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Main Characters

Senior Detectives: Elliot StablerJohn MunchOdafin TutuolaOlivia Benson

Junior Detectives: Olivia BensonMonique JeffriesOdafin TutuolaChester LakeAmanda RollinsNick AmaroDominick Carisi, Jr.

Squad Supervisors: John MunchOlivia Benson

Commanding Officers: Donald CragenOlivia Benson

Assistant District Attorneys: Alexandra CabotCasey NovakKim GreylekRafael Barba

Others: Melinda WarnerGeorge Huang

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