Our Mission

St. James Infirmary is a peer-based occupational health and safety clinic for sex workers and their families. We exist to provide free, compassionate, and non-judgmental healthcare and social services for Sex Workers (current or former) of all genders and sexual orientations while preventing occupational illnesses and injuries through a comprehensive continuum of services.

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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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What is TradeOff?

By sjidirector | December 24, 2008

Male-identified sex workers are coming together to build community, support one another and share the tricks of the trade. Porn stars, strippers, models, phone ho’s: come out to talk about the real shit that affects us—drugs, sex, cops, asshole tricks and bosses, etc. If that’s not yr thang, come learn how to be a massage […]

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Dec 17th: Vigil & Procession To End Violence Against Sex Workers

By sjidirector | December 11, 2008

To prepare for the Dec 17th/International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers vigil, procession, and memorial, on Tuesday, Dec 16th, from 6:30 to 8pm, St. James Infirmary will be open for us to make signs for the candlelight vigil and procession. Please join us. (More info on the history of December 17th and other […]

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Save St. James Infirmary’s Funding, Speak Out this Thursday & Friday

By sjidirector | December 10, 2008

Hello Wonderful Fans of the Infirmary- Many of you may have heard that there is a move to cut over $26 million in health care cuts (DPH) and St. James Infirmary money is part of the package. Programs all over the City are getting hashed and slashed.  Meanwhile, the police are still spending $11 million […]

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Spread the Word: Massage Training at tradeOFF!!!

By sjidirector | December 3, 2008

Monday Dec. 8 tradeOFF kicks off a series of trainings and workshops meant to collectively share and build our hooker-skills. We’ll kick it off with an amazing erotic massage training from the wondrous and beloved Reiki Master Dhamiboo. No prior skills or experience necessary! Free food! As always, 5-6:30pm at St. James. Check out our […]

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International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

By sjidirector | November 30, 2008

On December 17th, we will be hosting a gathering in San Francisco at the Hall of Justice to be followed with a peaceful walk to the Center for Sex & Culture, where there will be a vigil for our community affected by violence. Please join us in planning this event or at the event itself.  […]

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End of Year Holiday Party Next Wednesday @ 6:30pm

By sjidirector | November 20, 2008

On Wednesday November 26th at 6:30pm we will be hosting our End of the Year Holiday Party with Vegan/Meat Diner & Special Holiday Gift Bags.  This holiday party is open to community members/clinic participants, staff and their families or guests only. There will be NO HIV or STI Testing on Tuesday Nov. 25th and NO […]

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TradeOFF

By sjidirector | October 4, 2008

Beginning Monday, September 29th, we are hosting a group for male-identified sex workers to chat, share the tricks of the trade, build community and support one another. Let’s discuss the real issues- drugs, sex, cops, self-care, etc. Wanna become a massage pro or create that ad that gets the calls? Let’s share our skills! This […]

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Will SF voters decriminalize prostitutes this November?

By sjidirector | September 23, 2008

This November, San Francisco voters can decriminalize prostitution in our City by voting Yes on Proposition K. St. James Infirmary is against the criminalizing of sex workers for their profession. Regardless of how sex workers got to their current job, being criminalized is a social injustice with serious public health consequences.  Police and prosecutors say […]

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St. James Infirmary Open House

By sjidirector | September 1, 2008

Join legendary Sex Worker rights activist and St. James Infirmary Founder Margo St. James along with the dynamic staff of the first Occupational Health & Safety Clinic for Sex Workers at our very first Open House Party. There will be food & wine, random door-prizes and a 50/50 raffle. WHEN: Friday September 19th, 5:30pm – […]

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Volunteers Needed 4 Folsom

By sjidirector | August 26, 2008

We are looking for people to help out St. James Infirmary and volunteer for a shift at Folsom Street Fair September 28, 2008!!! For St. James supporters with a darker dirtier side, this should be a perfect event for you to give of yourself and express your kinkier sides! For more information on how you […]

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