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.

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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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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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World AIDS Day with UNAIDS in DC

By sjidirector | November 30, 2009

This year, our Executive Director, Naomi Akers will be presenting on issues specific to sex workers in the U.S., the St. James Infirmary model and removing barriers to HIV prevention and treatment.  The theme of the event is HIV, Human Rights, Universal Access and Marginalized Populations.  This event will also be broadcast on a live […]

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SJI IS HOSTING THE EAGLE BEER BUST THIS SUNDAY (Nov. 22)!!

By sjidirector | November 16, 2009

Come out and help support St. James Infirmary this Sunday at the Eagle Tavern’s Sunday Beer Bust! $10 gets you all the beer you can drink from 3-6pm plus food! Bring your friends, enjoy the huge outdoor patio & all the hot men, men, MEN!!! Eagle Tavern 398 12th St. San Francisco, Ca 94103 SUNDAY […]

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House of Garza Presents: Action!

By sjidirector | November 14, 2009

ACTION! A Cocktail Party hosted by GARZA with special guests and local artists. Benefiting St. James Infirmary @ CAFE FLORE 2298 Market Street in the Castro. SATURDAY NOVEMBER 14th, 9 to 11 pm Come show your support, learn about HIV research and the HIV vaccine trials and have some fun!

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