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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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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December 17th is International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

By sjidirector | December 15, 2009

Sex Workers Host A Remembrance Gathering & a Solidarity Stroll for the 7th International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers Contact: Kimberlee Cline Phone: 877-776-2004 ext. 2 Email: press(at)swopusa(dot)org This December 17th marks the 7th annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Events are being planned in over two dozen countries and […]

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Closed for Services

By sjidirector | December 11, 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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Holiday Party!!! Thursday, December 10th @6pm

By sjidirector | December 9, 2009

Join the clinic staff and community for our annual Holiday Diner Party at the clinic.  We will have a fun filled evening with food, spirit-free drinks and small gifts for the New Year. Location: 1372 Mission Street @10th When: Thursday, December 10, 2009 6:00pm-8:00pm

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Newly Published Article From the SWEAT Study

By sjidirector | December 5, 2009

The St. James Infirmary is pleased to announce a newly published article by the SWEAT Study. The Sex Work Environmental Assessment Team (SWEAT Study) was a collaborative study between the University of California San Francisco and the St. James Infirmary.  This study sought to examine the working conditions and sexual health risks of female sex […]

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