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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St. James Infirmary 20th Year Anniversary Gala

By Toni Newman | February 1, 2019

Tickets – General Admission is $200 per Individual and provides entrance to all of the evening’s festivities. A LIMITED number of After-Party – ONLY tickets will be available four weeks before the event date. After-Party tickets are $50 per Individual. Click Here For Tickets   For Sponsorship Opportunities Click here

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St. James Infirmary Announces CA attorney James Burch as Policy and Development Officer.

By Toni Newman | January 29, 2019

St. James Infirmary is proud to welcome California attorney James Burch as our new Policy and Advocacy Officer thanks to our generous funding from the Levi Strauss Foundation. Due to James’s extensive legal experience in the State of California and a steadfast commitment to St. James’s mission in search of justice, community engagement, and the […]

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St. James Infirmary: Statement of Support for AHPA’s “Addressing Law Enforcement Violence As a Public Health Issue” Policy Statement

By Toni Newman | December 20, 2018

  St. James Infirmary stands behind the American Public Health Association on adopting a recent policy statement addressing law enforcement violence as a public health issue. The APHA policy statement, “Addressing Law Enforcement Violence as a Public Health Issue”, acknowledges that law enforcement-centered approaches to public health disproportionately target marginalized communities[1]. We applaud the APHA for taking […]

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$10k Award for Winning Essays on FOSTA/SESTA

By Toni Newman | December 12, 2018

$10k Award for Winning Essays on FOSTA/SESTA from Slixa. St. James Infirmary are eligible in the prize money being awarded. Full details of the contest can be found here

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Year End Giving

By Toni Newman | December 12, 2018

Year-End Giving &Tax Benefits  As you do your tax planning We hope you will consider making good use of your income tax charitable deduction. Your year-end gift can reduce your income taxes while providing meaningful support to our programs at St. James Infirmary. Any questions please contact,  James P. Martinez Development Officer 415-724-5255  james.martinez@stjamesinfirmary.org Please keep in mind your amazon […]

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St James’ Ho-liday Party and Celebration of Sex Worker Resilience! Dec 17th

By Toni Newman | December 5, 2018

St James Infirmary’s Community Holiday Party & Celebration of Sex Worker Resilience! Monday, December 17th  5-7pm at 730 Polk Street, near Ellis 4th Floor in the Audre Lorde Room SF Join us as we celebrate another year of sex workers’ strength, survival, community and resistance. Food, non-alcoholic beverages, music, gifts and sex worker community! December […]

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Winter Quarter Call for Volunteers

By Toni Newman | November 21, 2018

To RSVP call or email 415-857-2859 raul@stjamesinfirmary.org

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SJI open House

By Toni Newman | November 21, 2018

In light of their recent relocation into new facilities at 730 Polk Street, which they will share with the San Francisco Community Health Center (SFCHC), St. James Infirmary is proud to invite the community to its inaugural open house celebration at the end of the month. For nearly twenty years, St. James has been a […]

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Announcement

By Toni Newman | September 11, 2018

SJI Board of Directors approved SJI advisory board last night.  SJI Advisory Board formed and will be led by SJI Founder/Executive Director Johanna Breyer. PURPOSE: The St. James Infirmary Advisory Board is created as a standing committee for the purpose of working with the Board of Directors and Executive Management Team.  The purpose of this Board shall be […]

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If you accessed HIV testing services through St. James Infirmary’s mobile testing van between July 3, 2018 and July 16, 2018

By Toni Newman | September 10, 2018

If you accessed HIV testing services through St. James Infirmary’s mobile testing van between July 3, 2018 and July 16, 2018,  PLEASE CLICK HERE

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