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.

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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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St James Infirmary needs volunteers for the Academy of Friends for the 2019 Gala on 2/24

By Toni Newman | February 14, 2019

St James Infirmary needs volunteers for the Academy of Friends 2019 Gala on Sunday, February 24. St. James Infirmary is a beneficiary this year. Please contact james.martinez@stjamesinfirmary.org to volunteer on behalf of St James Infirmary.  https://academyoffriends2019gala.eventbrite.com/?aff=StJamesInfirmary

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Aria Sa’id named Executive Director of the Compton’s Transgender Cultural District

By Toni Newman | February 4, 2019

San Francisco, CA- The Compton’s Transgender Cultural District is pleased to announce celebrated transgender advocate and award-winning political strategist, Aria Sa’id will lead the Compton’s Transgender Cultural District as Executive Director. Ms. Sa’id is a founder of the world’s first transgender cultural district, in addition to co-founders Honey Mahogany (former Executive Director), Janetta Johnson (Executive Director […]

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St. James Infirmary 20th Year Anniversary Gala

By Toni Newman | February 1, 2019

Tickets – General Admission is $200 per Individual and provides entrance to all of the evening’s festivities. A LIMITED number of After-Party – ONLY tickets will be available four weeks before the event date. After-Party tickets are $50 per Individual. Click Here For Tickets   For Sponsorship Opportunities Click here

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St. James Infirmary Announces CA attorney James Burch as Policy and Development Officer.

By Toni Newman | January 29, 2019

St. James Infirmary is proud to welcome California attorney James Burch as our new Policy and Advocacy Officer thanks to our generous funding from the Levi Strauss Foundation. Due to James’s extensive legal experience in the State of California and a steadfast commitment to St. James’s mission in search of justice, community engagement, and the […]

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St. James Infirmary: Statement of Support for AHPA’s “Addressing Law Enforcement Violence As a Public Health Issue” Policy Statement

By Toni Newman | December 20, 2018

  St. James Infirmary stands behind the American Public Health Association on adopting a recent policy statement addressing law enforcement violence as a public health issue. The APHA policy statement, “Addressing Law Enforcement Violence as a Public Health Issue”, acknowledges that law enforcement-centered approaches to public health disproportionately target marginalized communities[1]. We applaud the APHA for taking […]

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$10k Award for Winning Essays on FOSTA/SESTA

By Toni Newman | December 12, 2018

$10k Award for Winning Essays on FOSTA/SESTA from Slixa. St. James Infirmary are eligible in the prize money being awarded. Full details of the contest can be found here

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Year End Giving

By Toni Newman | December 12, 2018

Year-End Giving &Tax Benefits  As you do your tax planning We hope you will consider making good use of your income tax charitable deduction. Your year-end gift can reduce your income taxes while providing meaningful support to our programs at St. James Infirmary. Any questions please contact,  James P. Martinez Development Officer 415-724-5255  james.martinez@stjamesinfirmary.org Please keep in mind your amazon […]

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St James’ Ho-liday Party and Celebration of Sex Worker Resilience! Dec 17th

By Toni Newman | December 5, 2018

St James Infirmary’s Community Holiday Party & Celebration of Sex Worker Resilience! Monday, December 17th  5-7pm at 730 Polk Street, near Ellis 4th Floor in the Audre Lorde Room SF Join us as we celebrate another year of sex workers’ strength, survival, community and resistance. Food, non-alcoholic beverages, music, gifts and sex worker community! December […]

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Winter Quarter Call for Volunteers

By Toni Newman | November 21, 2018

To RSVP call or email 415-857-2859 raul@stjamesinfirmary.org

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SJI open House

By Toni Newman | November 21, 2018

In light of their recent relocation into new facilities at 730 Polk Street, which they will share with the San Francisco Community Health Center (SFCHC), St. James Infirmary is proud to invite the community to its inaugural open house celebration at the end of the month. For nearly twenty years, St. James has been a […]

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