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
- 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.
From Our Blog
California Enacts Historic Measure To Prioritize Safety For Sex Workers Based On San Francisco’s First-In-The-Country Policies
AB 2243, inspired by San Francisco’s “Prioritizing Safety for Sex Worker” policies, amends the Evidence Code to protect a sex worker reporting a violent crime from prosecution. Yesterday afternoon, Governor Brown has signed into law AB 2243, authored by Assembly Member Laura Friedman (43rd District), which would create historic protections for sex workers who report witnessing […]Read More
Dear Colleagues: We will be hosting a workshop for sex workers to explain the new Prioritizing Safety for Sex Worker policies on: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 San Francisco Main Public Library 100 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA Latino/Hispanic Room (basement level) 4.30 pm – 5.30 pm Refreshments will be provided. If you work with sex […]Read More
A Short Message on SESTA/FOSTA and SB 1204 As an organization that has advocated for decriminalization of all facets of the sex industry since 1999, St. James Infirmary stands in direct opposition to both SESTA / FOSTA and SB 1204. We have an obligation to not only our participants, but also to our funders, government […]Read More
SJI Welcomes Our New Executive Director Effective May 9th, 2018, Toni Newman will be taking over as the Executive Director for St. James Infirmary. St. James Infirmary is a peer-based occupational health and safety clinic located in San Francisco, CA, offering free, compassionate, and non-judgmental healthcare and social services for former and current sex industry […]Read More
We’ve Gone Mobile! Over 15 years ago, under the leadership of our founding Medical Director Dr. Deborah Cohan, St. James Infirmary conducted a “Pilot Van Study” funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and Ford Foundation. In the Pilot Program, our Outreach Workers visited several neighborhoods in San Francisco where Sex Workers were living […]Read More
On behalf of the Board of Directors and Executive Management Team, we would like to thank our “Million Dollar Baby” for her incredible leadership over the past 4 years. In October, our beloved Stephany Ashley will be stepping down as Executive Director and joining the Board of Directors. Stephany has worked with SJI for 11 […]Read More