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 Statement of Solidarity with AIDS 2020 for All

By Toni Newman | September 10, 2018

As the nation’s only peer-based occupational health and safety clinic for sex workers, The St. James Infirmary opposes the decision of the IAC to host the 2020 International AIDS Conference in the San Francisco Bay Area. Due to our current administration’s harsh immigration policies, obtaining visas to attend this conference will be impossible for many […]

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TRADIN’ FLAVOR 470 Castro Street TUESDAY, SEPT 11 6pm-8:30pm Every 2nd Tuesday of the month @ STRUT (3rd Floor)

By Toni Newman | September 10, 2018

St. James Infirmary and Strut are partnering to bring the flagship peer-run clinic program for masc-spectrum sex workers to the Castro. Drop-in services include: – priority STI screening and treatment – HIV testing & linkage to care – PrEP enrollment – peer counseling – acupuncture – food! – a place to chill out All services are free. Rentboys, escorts, massage workers, […]

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St. James Infirmary To Move To Its New Location At San Francisco Community Health Center in November 2018

By Toni Newman | September 3, 2018

St. James Infirmary To Move To Its New Location At San Francisco Community Health Center San Francisco, CA – St. James Infirmary will re-locate its offices to San Francisco Community Health Center (SFCHC) by the beginning of November 2018. This move for St. James Infirmary into the historic 726/730 Polk Street building marks a new […]

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New Development Officer

By Toni Newman | July 25, 2018

St James Infirmary would like to welcome James P Martinez to St. James as our new Development Officer. James has a MBA and over 10 years experience as a Development Director with nonprofits. Welcome to the SJI Team!

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Up Your Alley Street Fair 2018

By Toni Newman | July 6, 2018

St. James Infirmary will be operating a Juice booth at Up Your Alley Street Fair 2018 SUNDAY, July 29, 2018, FROM 11:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Folsom Street Between 9th & 10th and Between Harrison & Howard We will need volunteers to help run the booth, Please email toni.newman@stjamesinfirmary.org to sign up and be a […]

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St. James Infirmary is proud to have a team for SF AIDS Walk on July 15

By Toni Newman | June 18, 2018

Please signup, support, and donate to St. James Infirmary. Support the St. James Infirmary team! Find out more at: https://sf.aidswalk.net/…/View/65361/St-James-Infirmary-2171

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California Enacts Historic Measure To Prioritize Safety For Sex Workers Based On San Francisco’s First-In-The-Country Policies

By Toni Newman | June 14, 2018

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 […]

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New San Francisco Policies Prioritizing Sex Worker Safety

By Toni Newman | June 7, 2018

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 […]

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Spring newsletter 2018

By sjidirector | May 30, 2018

Here is the 2018 newsletter

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Short Message on SESTA/FOSTA and SB1204

By sjidirector | April 9, 2018

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 […]

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