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, 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.

Our Trans Home SF

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Our Trans Home SF is a coalition campaign working to address & raise visibility of trans homelessness & housing instability. Led by St. James Infirmary and Larkin Street Youth Services we need your support.

Make a donation today!

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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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8th Annual International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers

By sjidirector | December 16, 2010

This December 17th marks the 8th annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.  Events are being planned in over two dozen countries and in dozens of cities. Join us in remembering those we’ve lost to violence, oppression and hate, whether perpetrated by clients, partners, police or the state. We stand against the cycle […]

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Adult Performers Forum, this Thursday 12/16 from 5:30-7:30 @ St. James Infirmary

By sjidirector | December 12, 2010

We will be hosting a community forum for Adult Film/Web Porn Performers of all genders/orientations to discuss the recent closure of Adult Industry Medical (AIM), re-regulation of CA Occupational Health and Safety laws relating to the Adult Film Industry and next steps to promoting a rights-based approach for Porn Performers. All performers are welcome to […]

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Annual Holiday Party, Thursday 12/9 6pm-8pm. Vegans & Carnivores Welcome

By sjidirector | December 5, 2010

This Thursday we are having our annual holiday party for our participants and their partners/children and for our staff/volunteers and their partners/children. We will be serving regular and vegan holiday themed dinner from 6-8pm (till food lasts) and then giving out holiday gift bags to all our participants. Please pass this on. If you would […]

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Be Nice to Sex Workers

By sjidirector | November 23, 2010

Report back from the North American Syringe Exchange Conference and the National Harm Reduction Conference in Austin, Texas: It was fun!!! The St. James crew spent the last week in Austin (Nov 16th-21st, 2010). We attended many fabulous workshops on harm reduction, syringe access, capacity building and reducing shame for sex workers and drug users. […]

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Be Nice to Sex Workers

By sjidirector | November 23, 2010

Report back from the North American Syringe Exchange Conference and the National Harm Reduction Conference in Austin, Texas: It was fun!!! The St. James crew spent the last week in Austin (Nov 16th-21st, 2010). We attended many fabulous workshops on harm reduction, syringe access, capacity building and reducing shame for sex workers and drug users. […]

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Be Nice to Sex Workers

By sjidirector | November 23, 2010

Report back from the North American Syringe Exchange Conference and the National Harm Reduction Conference in Austin, Texas: It was fun!!! The St. James crew spent the last week in Austin (Nov 16th-21st, 2010). We attended many fabulous workshops on harm reduction, syringe access, capacity building and reducing shame for sex workers and drug users. […]

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Hot n Healthy Benefit this Saturday Nov 13th @ Cafe Flore 9-11pm

By sjidirector | November 10, 2010

In partnership with the DPH Research Section Recruiting staff and presented by Garza, we will be hosting, “Hot & Health” this Saturday, November 13 · 9:00pm – 11:00pm Location: Cafe Flore 2298 Market st San Francisco, CA (in the Castro, hello) Performances & raffle prizes will be offered up for your enjoyment and to help […]

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Occupational Health & Safety Handbook NOW available as a free PDF.

By sjidirector | October 28, 2010

The St. James Infirmary “Occupational Health and Safety Handbook, 3rd edition” is now available as a free PDF! The first half of the book is devoted to harm reduction, health, safety and legal rights, and the second half has information for 720 local, national and international resources relevant to the lives of sex workers.You can […]

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VAMP takes on documentary film-maker

By sjidirector | September 27, 2010

At the St. James Infirmary, we frequently get asked by researchers and students to do research with our participants. In the past, we have seen this arrangement abused by people who come from outside the sex worker community to gain access into a marginalized group for their own gain. We also know, that research on […]

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VAMP takes on documentary film-maker

By sjidirector | September 27, 2010

At the St. James Infirmary, we frequently get asked by researchers and students to do research with our participants. In the past, we have seen this arrangement abused by people who come from outside the sex worker community to gain access into a marginalized group for their own gain. We also know, that research on […]

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