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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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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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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