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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We Finally Have APPOINTMENTS!!!

By sjidirector | February 2, 2009

Tired of waiting around to get seen only to be told to come back next week? Can’t take precious time away from the job in a downturn economy?  Need a pap-smear, but you’ve been putting if off for way too long?  Well, we know what it’s like and have a solution.  In addition to hiring […]

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NEW: Appointment-based services & more!

By sjidirector | January 23, 2009

Beginning Wednesday January 28th, 2009 we will be offering some appointment slots for medical services during our drop-in clinic on Wednesday nights.  Appointment times are 7:30pm, 8:00pm & 8:30 pm.  To make an appointment please call 415-554-9634. Beginning Thursday February 5th, 2009 we will also be offering appointments for our new Thursday Afternoon Transgender clinic […]

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Obama Nation Jan. 20th 8pm @ the Powerhouse!!

By sjidirector | January 13, 2009

Join Hosts Sister Roma, BeBe Sweetbriar and Derrick Hanson for a fun-raiser of Presidential Proportions with a First Lady Drag Off. Where: Powerhouse 1347 Folsom @ Dore Alley. When: January 20th, after Obama gets sworn in, from 8pm-Midnight.

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Obama Nation Jan. 20th 8pm @ the Powerhouse!!

By sjidirector | January 13, 2009

Join Hosts Sister Roma, BeBe Sweetbriar and Derrick Hanson for a fun-raiser of Presidential Proportions with a First Lady Drag Off. Where: Powerhouse 1347 Folsom @ Dore Alley. When: January 20th, after Obama gets sworn in, from 8pm-Midnight.

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Obama Nation Jan. 20th 8pm @ the Powerhouse!!

By sjidirector | January 13, 2009

Join Hosts Sister Roma, BeBe Sweetbriar and Derrick Hanson for a fun-raiser of Presidential Proportions with a First Lady Drag Off. Where: Powerhouse 1347 Folsom @ Dore Alley. When: January 20th, after Obama gets sworn in, from 8pm-Midnight.

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Job Announcements

By sjidirector | December 28, 2008

We are looking for a part-time Registration Assistant and two On-call Registration Assistants who can assist with the registration process and the medical eligibility verification and enrollment. While experience with patient registration and billing is a plus it is not required for these positions. We are also looking to hire a part-time NEX worker for […]

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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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