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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 Cuban-American 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 lateral 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.

Early Life Edit

When visiting Manor Hill Academy in Lessons Learned, it is revealed he went to a Catholic high school.

In Funny Valentine he states that he was madly in love with a girl named Lauren Sullivan in the eleventh grade.

In October Surprise, he reveals to Benson that grew up with Alex Muñoz, Eddie Garcia (and possibly Yelina Muñoz) in the Bronx and that the three boys called themselves los tres mosqueteros de Jerome Avenue (the three musketeers of Jerome Avenue).

In this episode, the audience learns he gained a full scholarship to Harvard University.

He tells Benson at the end of the episode that growing up his mother told him to "stick close to Alex because he is going to be mayor of New York someday." She never said that about Rafael.

When talking to Nick Amaro in Padre Sandungeuro, he mentions that he had a difficult relationship with his father and that Barba Sr. has been dead for the past 15 years.

In December Solstice, it is mentioned that his mother works as the principal for a charter school. In the same episode his maternal 85-year-old grandmother, Catalina Diaz, dies in her apartment before he could move her to an assisted living facility. He feels responsible for her death.

Career at SVU Edit

In Barba's first appearance in Twenty-Five Acts, Jocelyn Paley, author of a popular erotic novel of the same name is sexually assaulted twice by a television talk show host named Adam Cain. Captain Steven Harris recommends A.D.A Rafael Barba for the case. When going over the specifics of the case, Barba is meticulous and rational to the point that he is upsets Paley. Benson explains to him that more compassion should be shown towards the victims. The case takes a turn for the worst when it is revealed that Paley's professor wrote the novel and the defense uses it to paint Paley as a well-crafted liar. Paley wants to drop the charges to protect her secret, but Barba informs her that the truth will come out anyways and that if she follows through he will charge her with perjury. Barba uses information gathered from one of Cain's other victims to trick Cain during trial by having him put a belt around Barba's neck. After some taunting from Barba, Cain chokes him with the belt in open court, showing his violent streak in front of the jurors. This results in his conviction.

Personal Life Edit

It is hinted in October Surprise that he was once in a relationship with Yelina Muñoz, who is currently married to his former friend Alex Muñoz.

Interests Edit

It appears that he enjoys skiing as in Presumed Guilty it is mentioned that he goes to a ski resort in Gstaad, Switzerland for the Christmas holiday.

In Her Negotiation he tells the squad that he spent his weekend on a yacht.

In a deleted scene in Manhattan Transfer, Barba stops watching an interrogation to go to the theater to watch Hamilton.[1]

TriviaEdit

  • 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.
  • Though Harry Connick, Jr. briefly preceded him in a recurring role as David Haden, Raúl Esparza is the first man to play an A.D.A. as a member of the main cast of SVU.

Quotes Edit

Twenty-Five Acts:

  • Captain Steven Harris: [about Barba] "Guy's got a pair of big, brass..[sees look on Benson's face]..ego."
  • Rafael Barba: [to Jocelyn Palely] "You may not like me when we're done."

Joceyln Paley: "I don't like you now."

Rafael Barba: "Honesty, that's good."

AppearancesEdit


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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