Our Mission

St. James Infirmary is a peer-based occupational health and safety clinic for sex workers of all genders.
It is our mission to meet the needs of people engaged in the sex trade through advocacy, direct services, and social justice.

SJI EQUITY CAMPAIGN FOR SEX WORKERS AND TRANSGENDER PEOPLE OF COLOR

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We are very excited to announce that we have begun our 2019–2020 fundraising campaign: "St. James Infirmary, in our 20th year, is fighting for the equity of sex workers and trans people of color."

St. James Infirmary believes that we will achieve health equity and anti-criminalization in California by focusing on providing comprehensive support to Sex Workers of Color. St. James Infirmary believes that we cannot fight for the liberation for Sex Workers and Sex Workers of Color without fighting for the liberation of Trans People of Color.

Towards those ends, we are expanding and transforming our services. We have FOUR major changes that we need your help to achieve:

First, St. James Infirmary is bringing its HIV services to Oakland. We have long desired to bring our services to Sex Workers to the East Bay, and we have finally decided that we are going to make a dedicated effort to gather the resources necessary to make it happen, starting with our HIV program.

Second, as the largest employer of Trans Women of Color in the Bay, St. James Infirmary has a responsibility to ensure that the services provided to the Trans community of Color are appropriately run. Towards that end, we are launching a new housing program specifically for the Trans Community. Details to follow!!

Third, St. James Infirmary is expanding its outreach program in the Mission. Thanks to a grant from the City of San Francisco, St. James Infirmary will have increased presence in the Mission on weekend nights, additional resources, and, importantly, a newly-formed emergency housing program for Sex Workers at risk of harm. With your help, we can continue to build out our program and serve as a model for the rest of the country!

Fourth, St. James Infirmary is conducting a needs assessment and launching a leadership development program. We are privileged to be in a place where we can use our resources to amplify the voices of marginalized sex workers in the Bay Area, and look forward to providing those interested with what they tell us they need to bring their work to the next level.

With the above in mind, we are asking St. James Infirmary’s family and supporters to become sustaining donors. As you all have noticed over the past several years, St. James Infirmary has grown into an organization that has the leadership, vision, philosophy, and organizational capacity to make it happen. What we need is the money. The dollars. The dough. The bread. The cheddar. Whatever you want to call it, we need it. And we need you to give it to us.

St. James is on the rise—we are certain that you who have been watching us know this truth as well as we do. What we are asking for now is the resources necessary to push us through this period of growth so we can complete our transition into the organization that everyone knows we can be. We thank you for your patience during our transformation. We thank you for your support. We thank you for being you, because without you, there is no us.

Please support St. James Infirmary by making a monthly donation.

Our Trans Home SF

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Our Trans Home SF is a coalition campaign working to address & raise visibility of trans homelessness & housing instability. Led by St. James Infirmary and Larkin Street Youth Services we need your support.

Make a donation today!

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What We Believe

There are many factors which affect the working conditions and experiences for all Sex Workers including the political and economic climate, poverty and homelessness, stigmatization, violence, as well as the overwhelming intricacies of the legal, public and social systems. It is the philosophy of St. James Infirmary to build upon existing skills and strengths in order to allow individuals to determine their own goals.

  • We are fundamentally against the criminalizing of Sex Workers—regardless of our different perspectives on decriminalization or legalization, the collective view of the St. James Infirmary is that incarceration of our community further marginalizes and disenfranchised us, which creates barriers to capacity building, and exacerbates a public health crisis.
  • We believe in revolution through healthcare. We challenge the conventional healthcare model that divides patients and providers and fosters unhealthy power dynamics. Our peer-based model creates a safe, trusted, and honest environment in which to provide services, and empowers our community to define our own well-being.
  • We are founded on the principles of harm reduction—St. James Infirmary supports Sex Workers being treated with dignity and respect, in every aspect of their lives

Our Impact

  • We increase access to primary healthcare and social services for Sex Workers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • We formalize communication and collaboration among individuals and agencies who serve Sex Workers to better serve our community.
  • We promote peer-based public health initiatives on behalf of Sex Workers, which may be used as a model for improving occupational health and safety standards and developing comprehensive medical and social services for Sex Workers around the world.
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From Our Blog

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Trans Home SF Orientation at SF Public Library on 1/29/2020

By StJames | January 30, 2020
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End the epidemics march Jan 18th

By StJames | January 9, 2020

Join the End the Epidemics Coalition at the women’s march to bring awareness to our campaign to end HIV, HCV & STD epidemics

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Trans Rental Subsidies Orientation and Signup 

By StJames | January 8, 2020

Join us for Our Trans Home SF housing subsidy program launch and orientation on Wed. January 29th! Are you at risk of losing your housing? Do you need additional support to keep your housing? Do you need additional support finding a safe and supportive place to live? The Our Trans Rental Support Program is here […]

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Last notes from the naughty nurse mobile of 2019

By StJames | January 7, 2020

Hi y’all! This is the last Notes from The Naughty Nurse Mobile of 2019! I can’t hardly believe it’s the two year anniversary of the van outreach program and almost 2 year anniversary of the naughty nurse mobile! We have an awesome community of dedicated, brilliant, hardworking and sexy volunteers and staff. It’s also my […]

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St. James Infirmary is a 2019 grant recipient of Twilio.org for $100,000

By StJames | December 17, 2019

St. James Infirmary is a 2019 grant recipient of Twilio.org for $100,000 supporting sex workers and their families. Thanks for the support! www.twilio.com/blog/twilio-org-awards-grants-nonprofits-crisis-communications

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Our Trans Home SF

By StJames | December 14, 2019

Our Trans Home SF is a coalition campaign working to address & raise visibility of trans homelessness & housing instability. Led by St. James Infirmary and Larkin Street Youth Services we need your support. Make a donation today! OurTransHomeSF.org      

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Emeryville and International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

By StJames | December 13, 2019

Proclamation RECOGNIZING DECEMBER 17, 2019 AS INTERNATIONAL DAY TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST SEX WORKERS IN THE CITY OF EMERYVILLE   WHEREAS, St. James Infirmary was made possible because of the unique vision of Sex Worker rights activists from COYOTE (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics) and the Exotic Dancers Alliance (EDA), and a timely event […]

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Sex Worker’s Health, Rights and Safety supported by Governor Newsom and California

By StJames | December 12, 2019

Governor Newsom Signs Historic Bill to Advance Sex Worker’s Health, Rights and Safety! By: St. James Infirmary SAN FRANCISCO – July 31, 2019 – PRLog — Governor Gavin Newsom has signed SB 233 into law – expanding proven local policies that prioritize the health and safety of people in the sex trade. SB 233 authored by Sen. Scott Wiener and sponsored by […]

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St. James Infirmary celebrating 20 years of service

By StJames | December 12, 2019

St. James Infirmary celebrating 20 years of service on June 2 at Terra Gallery in San Francisco. Celebrating lives saved and improved health for thousands of sex workers and their families in our community. By: St. James Infirmary Micah Tron SAN FRANCISCO – March 14, 2019 – PRLog — Throughout the tremendous and tumultuous times of the past twenty years, […]

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YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS ANNOUNCES THE 2019 YBCA 100

By StJames | September 26, 2019

An annual list honoring artists, activists, and policy makers who use their creative and collective power to create social change and move society forward. As a 2019 honoree, St. James Infirmary is invited to attend the annual YBCA 100 Summit in San Francisco on Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 11am to 3:30pm. The Summit celebrates […]

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