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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.

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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+

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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.

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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

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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.

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DEAR SEX WORKERS: WE LOVE YOU

Online Workshop Series Continues

Mindfulness and Meditation with Vadan is every Monday at 12noon

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California Syringe Exchange Programs Conference

a virtual delight!

This year's California Syringe Exchange Programs Conference was a virtual delight! Check out these amazing testimonials from CASEP members including St James' own Harm Reduction Program staff: Kaos, Brooke, Richard, Earl, and Teri; plus incredible harm reductionists from across the state.

Check out the videos available on YouTube

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Our Trans Home featured on

Hidden Gems

Learn more about St James Infirmary and the Our Trans Home program in "Hidden Gems". Featuring SJI staff members Daizy and Joaquin!

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16th

ST JAMES INFIRMARY'S ANNUAL HO-LIDAY PARTY

With food and gifts for the sex worker community.

For more details contact [email protected] or 415-554-8494

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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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#SweepThePolice

By StJames | January 19, 2022

In recent weeks, workers at St. James Infirmary listened closely to the high-pitched declaration of “emergency” for the Tenderloin, coming from centers of power in San Francisco. We agree that there is indeed a state of emergency in the Tenderloin, SoMa, across San Francisco, and far beyond: the overdose epidemic, the prevalence of untreated addiction, […]

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St James Infirmary: 22 year old organization serving the sex worker community during its most challenging year, re-structures its leadership

By StJames | July 22, 2021

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 […]

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Village Sun Article About Margo

By sjidirector | February 24, 2021

San Fran honors Margo St. James as N.Y. pols, feminists debate decriminalizing prostitution

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Press Release: “Prostitution: A Plethora of Ps”

By sjidirector | February 24, 2021

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 […]

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Press Release: Save the Date, A Celebration of Margo St. James’ Life

By sjidirector | February 24, 2021

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 […]

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Margo St. James Bio

By sjidirector | February 24, 2021

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 […]

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A Wonderful NY Times Article About Margo!

By StJames | January 22, 2021

Margo St. James, Advocate for Sex Workers, Dies at 83 Katharine Q. Seelye. “Margo St. James, Advocate for Sex Workers, Dies at 83”. New York Times, January 20th 2021. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/20/us/margo-st-james-dead.html 2021-01-20

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San Francisco’s Own Legendary Margo St. James Dies

By sjidirector | January 14, 2021

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 […]

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Margo St. James

By StJames | January 12, 2021

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 […]

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Request for Community Participation: New SJI Advisory Board

By StJames | July 16, 2020

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 […]

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