A potential witness in a rape case is reluctant to testify because she is an illegal immigrant who both witnessed and was the victim of unspeakable war crimes against women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
A rape and murder helps Benson and Stabler crack a case involving a serial rapist and killer from the 1970s. However, one copycat crime remains open when investigation reveals that the crime was committed by a woman.
An abused, schizophrenic 16-year-old is a suspect in the brutal murder of his close friend. But why is Fin's son protecting the suspect from the police? And did his psychiatrist misdiagnose him for selfish reasons?
A delusional and grief-stricken mother, distraught over the botched kidnapping that resulted in the death of the son she was trying to take away from his father, shoots Dr. Warner and creates a hostage situation in the morgue.
While Benson and Stabler investigate the circumstances behind a foster child's disappearance, they discover that her overprotective parents are still struggling to cope with the disappearance of another daughter.
New A.D.A. Mikka Von is brought in to prosecute a case involving a professor accused of killing an attorney for a big cola company because their policies threaten free water supplies, but her first case may be her last.
While investigating a separate case involving a paramedic suspected of murder, Olivia discovers that Vivian from her serial rapist case is still in town, and her actions could jeopardize her guardianship of Vivian's son Calvin.