This Giving Tuesday, please support our efforts to provide excellent and high quality harm reduction services. Funds raised will help us pay for supplies like clothing, food, condoms & lube, hygiene supplies and more to be distributed to all of our program participants.
December 17th Fundraiser: GALA Posada
Join St James Infirmary, Our Trans Home SF, La Clinica De La Raza, Instituto Familiar De La Raza, El/La Para Translatinas, East Bay Getting to Zero, and TAJA's Coalition for a fabulous Gala with performers from across the Bay Area.
6pm @Level 13 Ultra Lounge, 341 13th Street, Oakland 21+
Welcome New Therapist: Sid George
I came into this work after training as a sex educator and confidential advocate for survivors. I am enthusiastic about advocating for survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence, and enjoy creating space for people to safely explore their entire beings without judgement. I am drawn to the field, and particularly to St. James Infirmary, because I believe in spaces that not only affirm people's identities but are intentional about celebrating them as well. Outside of therapy, I enjoy exploring plant shops and flea markets in the East Bay. To book an appointment for mental health services at St James Infirmary, give us a call at (415) 554-8494.
Community Support Line for Sex Workers Seeks Volunteers
SWOP Behind Bars is seeking volunteers for their Community Support Line especially for people located on the West-coast.
If you are a sex worker in need of support check out the link for online chat functions or
call 1-877-776-2004 ext. 1
December 17th: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
Join us in remembering those we’ve lost to violence, oppression and hate, whether perpetrated by clients, partners, police or the state. End the stigma against sex workers: speak out against shame and whore-phobia.
California Syringe Exchange Programs Conference
a virtual delight!
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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
- 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
St James Infirmary: 22 year old organization serving the sex worker community during its most challenging year, re-structures its leadership
After a tumultuous year of change and loss due to Covid, economic crisis, an overdose epidemic, and more, the St James Infirmary has solidified their dedication to the sex worker community and to themselves. The 22 year old organization was founded by several sex worker activists and healthcare advocates, including the recently dearly departed San […]Read More
Prostitution: A Plethora of Ps By Margo St. James Published as an Editorial in the San Francisco Examiner, November 16, 1995 There are many P words when it comes to Prostitution. Prohibition is a Prerequisite of course, for Popular Participation. Please Peruse Players in this Popular Pastime. Besides the Principal Person, the Prostitute: Proffered in […]Read More
For Immediate Release 23 February 2021 SAVE THE DATE – A Celebration of Margo St. James’ Life Scheduled for May 1, 2021 Founder of COYOTE (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics): Witness History On January 11, 2021, Margo St. James, founder of the first prostitutes’ rights organization in the United States, died in her hometown […]Read More
23 FEBRUARY 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: KATE MARQUEZ/ [email protected] SAVE THE DATE REMEMBERING MARGO ST. JAMES, FOUNDER OF COYOTE (CALL OFF YOUR OLD TIRED ETHICS) WITNESS HISTORY, 1 MAY 2021 – 11:00 AM, PACIFIC TIME REGISTER AT www.stjamesinfirmary.org Everybody knew about Margo, who was culturally influential at the national level and a local celebrity […]Read More
Margo St. James, founder of COYOTE (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics), has died. Born in Bellingham, Washington on September 12, 1937, St. James moved to San Francisco on St. Patrick’s Day in 1958, securing a room above the El Matador on Broadway. She would later join the beatnik scene, hanging out in jazz clubs […]Read More
With profound sadness, the St. James Infirmary announces the death of the most storied among our founders, Margo St. James. The St. James Infirmary is a part of Margo’s legacy. So too are her deeds and words that exposed hypocrisy with extraordinary wit. Much can be said of Margo, but her own words offer the […]Read More
Hello beloved community! St James Infirmary is in the process of forming an advisory board. We will be comprised of staff, volunteers, participants, and community. We hope to gain perspective on the needs and desires of sex workers who are trans, Black, POC/Indigenous, immigrant, youth, homeless, working on the street, organizers and anyone with great […]Read More