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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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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Keep Up with the SJI – Sign Up for our Newsletter!

By sjidirector | January 3, 2014

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Happy Holidays from St. James Infirmary!!

By sjidirector | 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 sjidirector | 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 sjidirector | 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 sjidirector | 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 sjidirector | 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 sjidirector | 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 sjidirector | 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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WANTED: Folsom Street Fair Volunteers

By sjidirector | August 26, 2013

  Sunday September 29th is the Folsom Street Fair and St. James Infirmary has been selected as a beneficiary of Folsom Street Events! This means we need awesome volunteers like yourself to volunteer for a shift at Folsom and we get a check for the clinic! Volunteer shifts are easy & fun, and a nice […]

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