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.

St. James Infirmary's 20th Year Anniversary Gala was a huge success. St. James Infirmary raised over $150,000. The biggest fundraiser in their 20 year history.


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.

From Our Blog


Desiree Alliance Conference Scholarships

By sjidirector | April 2, 2010

St. James Infirmary Scholarships for 4th Desiree Alliance Conference: Working Sex: Power, Practice, and Politics July 25-30, 2010 Las Vegas, NV What: This year St. James Infirmary will be giving out full and partial scholarships to attend the Desiree Alliance Conference in Las Vegas July 25-30.  Full scholarships include hotel, flight and registration, some ground […]

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New St. James Gear Store Opens!

By sjidirector | March 5, 2010

Super-sexy hooker gear, shipped direct to you! St. James Infirmary tees and undies make the perfect gift for any occasion or trouble you want to cause. Wear them in health: Logo Girly Tee Logo Basic Tee Logo Girly Tank Logo Boyshorts Logo Thong New Logo Tee, Camisole, & Muscle Tank “Outlaw Poverty, Not Prostitutes” Tee, […]

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Our Store is NOW OPEN!!

By sjidirector | February 26, 2010

You can help the St. James Infirmary & Hooker Healthcare by sporting one of our fabulous designs on our cool tops and bottoms for any and all genders.  We have stylized our agency logo to a sleeker look.  So check out our store today. We still have our classic agency logo on a few shirts […]

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Featured Website: Sex Workers Project

By sjidirector | February 16, 2010

For some really cool resources and publications check out this fabulous website. About the Sex Workers Project Using human rights and harm reduction approaches, the Sex Workers Project (SWP) protects and promotes the rights of individuals who engage in sex work, regardless of whether they do so by choice, circumstance, or coercion. In addition to […]

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Peel Down your Underwaer…It’s a Party for SJI!

By sjidirector | February 8, 2010
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Now Hiring: Part-Time Grants Development Coordinator

By sjidirector | January 29, 2010

The St. James Infirmary is a peer-based occupational health and safety clinic for Sex Industry workers and their current partners.  We are seeking a part-time Grants Development Coordinator who can lead the agency in our grant writing and other related fundraising activities throughout the year.  The Grants Development Coordinator is under the direct supervision of […]

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The feds lifted the ban on NEX; finally!

By sjidirector | January 19, 2010

After two decades, the US Congress has voted to lift a ban on federal funding of needle exchange programs in December. This historic decision signals a new area for harm reduction in the United States.    Why it Matters Celebration of the Federal Needle Exchange funding ban LIFT! & Emergency CA Needle Exchange Program Fund Benefit […]

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Clinic is OPEN for 2010

By sjidirector | January 13, 2010

After a restful Holiday break, the clinic is back open for services.  We have some fun things planned for 2010, including a sexy Valentines Party fun-raiser. Come back and visit soon for cool updates. Meanwhile, below is a reminder of our current services and hours: Drop-In Needle Distribution & Disposal Tuesdays: 3-6pm Drop-In Tuesdays: 3-6pm […]

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Closed for Services

By sjidirector | December 25, 2009

In keeping with our tradition, the clinic will be closed for services the last two week of December. This gives the staff a much needed respite to practice personal harm reduction, kindness and self-care.  We also use this valuable time to plan for any changes for the New Year. With the exception of needle distribution […]

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“A Nightmare Before Christmas” Benefiting St. James Infirmary this Sunday December 20th, 4pm @Aunt Charlie’s 133 Turk Street

By sjidirector | December 18, 2009
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