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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AIDS Walk 2009, Hos of Harm Reduction

By sjidirector | July 18, 2009

Tomorrow, St. James Infirmary staff will be strutting their stuff in Golden Gate Park for the SF AIDS Walk. Our team, the Hos of Harm Reduction, is still accepting donations.  By contributing to our AIDS Walk efforts you will be supporting important life saving HIV/AIDS work as well as the St. James Infirmary. If you […]

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NEW REDUCED SERVICES

By sjidirector | June 30, 2009

So this is not good news, but because of the budget cuts in the last 6 months, and a reduction in our grants and donations we are making some more changes to our services. Beginning July 14th we are reducing our Tuesday services as follows: NEX hours are now from 3-6pm, we will no longer […]

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Budget Cuts-Hit the Infirmary HARD!

By sjidirector | June 18, 2009

In November, the City of San Francisco and the California State Office of AIDS told us they would be cutting our contract funding due to the current economy.  With these 2 contracts we lost over $125,000 in funding.  Additionally, as most Foundations have endowments that are market driven, foundation giving is shriveling up.  Lastly, individual […]

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10 years, 700 guests, & $15,700–Cirque X, simply spectacular! Much love & gratitude!

By sjidirector | June 7, 2009

To all the Volunteers & Performers- Well the event last night was so amazingly hot!! We sizzled at the door too.  Everyone who came out made the night so much fun and a very successful fundraiser.  As we just celebrated our 10th Year (can you believe that?), we are blessed to have so many amazing […]

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June 5th, 2009–St. James Turns 10

By sjidirector | March 25, 2009

Like many non-profit organizations in San Francisco, St. James Infirmary has recently suffered mid-year budget cuts from our City and State contracts, and there may be additional cuts in July. While these budget cuts threaten our services to the sex worker community, they have also provided us with the motivation to become creative in our […]

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St. James does RenegadeCast

By sjidirector | March 8, 2009

In 2008, Naomi, Melissa, Robyn, and Sadie began working on RenegadeCast together. This episode is the first from that collaboration, recorded at the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City. Robyn and Melissa talk about what it was like to meet sex worker activists from around the world, what we’ve learned from advocacy groups in Latin […]

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International Sex Worker Rights Day

By sjidirector | March 3, 2009

The 3rd of March is International Sex Worker Rights Day. The day originated in 2001 when over 25,000 sex workers gathered in India for a sex worker festival. The organizers, Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, a Calcutta based group whose membership consists of somewhere upwards of 50,000 sex workers and members of their communities. Sex worker […]

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Sex workers do Harm Reduction, Part II

By sjidirector | February 24, 2009

What is the harm in sex work? Sex workers and allies explain that criminalization and wrong-headed policy approaches are the problem. Sex work is positive, it’s the policy framework that causes harm. What is “harm reduction” for sex workers then? Health services, needle exchange, distribution of condoms… along with fighting against the laws that oppress […]

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The House of Garza Presents: OUT … AND ABOUT

By sjidirector | February 16, 2009

A FUN AND SEXY FUNDRAISER FOR ST. JAMES INFIRMARY at CAFÉ FLORE on SATURDAY 21st from 8 to 11 pm. Please save the date and bring your friends. Hosted by Garza and co-host by Sister Gladys Pantzaroff, sponsored by BUMP from the San Francisco Department of Public Health With: BEBE SWEETBRIAR, PAJU MUNRO, SASHA SOPRANO, […]

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All You Need Is Love- Valentine’s Day

By sjidirector | February 12, 2009

“Red Light District” presents: “All You Need is Love” Saturday the 14th of February in Revelation  9999999  $5-20 ATA – 992 Valencia @ 21st 4pm – 12am Featuring: Verbobala (Tucson/Mexico), Jeff Stroker, and Miss Bix Jordan plus the Is What!? peepshow if weather is fair…. V-Day at ATA with Crazy amount of LOVE & LIGHT […]

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