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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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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From our friends at the Desiree Alliance: Las Vegas, 2010

By sjidirector | September 30, 2009

The Desiree Alliance is pleased to announce that our upcoming National Sex Worker Conference will be in sunny Las Vegas, Nevada, July 25th – 30th, 2010. The process for choosing Las Vegas as our next conference site was a lengthy one, that first involved a broadly distributed community survey that revealed the top three location sites […]

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Folsom Street: Hot & Heavy 4 Volunteers

By sjidirector | August 27, 2009

This year St. James Infirmary is partnering as a major beneficiary of the Folsom Street Fair Events and will receive a grant of $8,000 grant. This money will be used to help with vital clinic services during so many City & State budget cuts. We are looking for people to help out St. James Infirmary […]

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Stop, Look, Listen-GAATW Petition-Recognise Rights

By sjidirector | August 17, 2009

Re-posted from Sex Workers Outreach Project Dear Friends, There is debate within the movement about how to address the numerous injustices that we see, committed against sex workers in the name of combating trafficking. GAATW has always supported decriminalization of prostitutioni, and their anti-trafficking work is informed by sex worker rights issues. This petition represents […]

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Hos, Hookers, Call Girls & Rent Boys

By sjidirector | July 30, 2009

If you missed the readings of this book last week at Center for Sex and Culture, or  at A Different Light, you can still catch one on Tuesday, August 4th at 7pm at Modern Times –888 Valencia St San Francisco. Join Dr. Carol Queen, Lorelei Lee, Al Eros, Lilycat, Diana Morgaine, RJ Martin, David Henry […]

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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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