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.

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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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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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This Just in from Sex Worker’s Project (NYC)…

By sjidirector | October 28, 2009

From Sex Worker’s Project website… Call your legislators today! (Numbers below) The Rhode Island legislature is currently considering a bill, HB5044A, which would recriminalize indoor prostitution. The main justification being offered for passage of the bill is that it is absolutely necessary to prevent and address trafficking into prostitution. Sex Worker Project’s experience has been […]

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A Folsom twist on Twister

By sjidirector | October 12, 2009

B.ay A.rea R.eporter October 1, 2009 “Race Cooper plants his tongue on Tony Aziz’s nipple during a game of “Nearly Naked Twister” at the Folsom Street Fair Sunday, September 27. Warm weather brought out throngs of people to the leather and fetish extravaganza. The popular Twister game (with a kinkier twist) was a benefit for […]

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Taking the Pledge

By sjidirector | October 7, 2009

Taking the Pledge is a 13-minute film featuring sex workers from Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, Mali, Thailand and more! They describe the problems created by the ‘anti-prostitution pledge’ required to receive USAID and PEPFAR funds. In English, Khmer, Thai, French, Portuguese and Bengali, with English subtitles. Watch in full-screen mode to read the subtitles. Produced by […]

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