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.

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

SJI is turning 15! Be a part of the party!

By sjidirector | February 26, 2014

On Thursday, June 5th from 9pm – 3am SJI will be raising cash and partying like hookers at Temple Night Club. Dance all night on the main floor upstairs, get kinky in the dungeon, and get hot & bothered in the VIP room with lap dancing, table dancing and other temptations. Performers needed (all genders please!) […]

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Condom Kit-Making Party on February 4th at 7pm!

By sjidirector | January 29, 2014

Free Movie! Free Pizza! Free Condoms! Help us spread the love to sex workers in time for Valentine’s Day! St. James Infirmary gives out safer sex supplies to over 2,000 sex workers in the Bay Area every year, but we need YOUR help to make it happen! Come get a tour of the clinic, hear […]

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By sjidirector | January 3, 2014

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Happy Holidays from St. James Infirmary!!

By naomiakers | December 20, 2013

Happy Holidays to our community.  We have been so grateful to have so many generous supporters and allies over the years.  As we approach 2014, we wanted to say thank you for your support. As always, we are actively seeking donations.  Please consider donating to us before the end of 2013.  You can mail us […]

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Annual Community Holiday Party Thursday December 19th, 6pm-8pm

By naomiakers | December 18, 2013

Please join St. James Infirmary staff and family for a holiday dinner from Lefty O’Douls and Souley Vegan.  We will be having all the comfort foods that make for an awesome holiday party.  After dinner, we will be passing out our annual holiday gift bags of gloves, hats, scarves and socks to keep our folks […]

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December 17th is International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

By naomiakers | December 15, 2013

Tuesday December 17th is the 11th annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.  There will be a vigil at Center for Sex and Culture across the street from the clinic from 6pm-9pm.  The event is hosted by SWOP and will feature speakers, snacks and community.  We welcome any food or drinks you would […]

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Events with St. James Infirmary December 2013

By naomiakers | December 13, 2013

Sunday December 15th:  December 17th Candle Making Party 4pm-6pm at the clinic.  Bring pictures of sex workers who have been victims of violence.  We will be making memorial candles for the Dec17 vigil. Tuesday December 17th:  International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, Vigil from 6pm-9pm location:  1349 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103 […]

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Take Action to Stop Discrimination in Compensation!

By naomiakers | December 9, 2013

This Thursday December 12th the Victims of Crime Compensation Fund (CalVCP) Board will be meeting to vote on possibly changing the discriminatory regulations that prevent sex workers who are victims of rape from receiving financial support for housing, mental health services, relocation, or healthcare just like any other victim. We are asking our community to […]

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Please Welcome Stephany Ashley, our NEW Executive Director!

By naomiakers | October 11, 2013

Announcement from our outgoing Executive Director: It is with great pleasure that I announce to you that our new Executive Director is the wonderful and talented Stephany Ashley!  Stephany will be joining the clinic as ED starting 10/21/2013 and we are excited and blessed to have her. Stephany started at the clinic nearly 8 years […]

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Community Announcement, Please Circulate Widely

By naomiakers | September 8, 2013

September 8, 2013 Dear Friends, Community Members, Allies, Supporters and Stakeholders of the St. James Infirmary, I am writing today to inform you that I will be transitioning out of my position as Executive Director of the St. James Infirmary and will be instead moving onto the Board of Directors to continue working as a […]

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