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Toni Newman
Executive Director

A Message From Our
Executive Director

St. James Infirmary has approached our 2nd year anniversary at our new location, 730 Polk Street, and our partnership with San Francisco Community Health Center. We are now collaborating with SF Office of Trans Initiatives, Larkin Street Youth Services, Glide, UCSF Ward 86, PRC, Open House, Project Openhand, Shanti, San Francisco AIDS Foundation, SafeHouse, Horizons Foundation and SF LGBT Center. We are thankful for all their support this year for our community.

I am excited for our growth in 2019 and where we are headed in 2020. We will be doing a needs assessment in 2020 to make sure we are providing the services most needed by our community. As the only sex worker clinic in the USA, our goal is to provide the best services possible.

Please consider making a year-end gift to St. James IInfirmary. 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. Your support is vital so we can continue serving our community.

Please consider forwarding this newsletter to a friend who may not yet know us. As always, thank you so much for your generous support of St. James Infirmary benefiting our participants who struggle every day to survive.

My very best,
Toni Newman,
Executive Director


Holiday Giving

St. James Infirmary Holiday Giving
Photo credit: Kayleigh McCollum

Donate today and ensure that sex workers of all genders continue to have access to quality non judgemental care as well as build in our advocacy programs to center those most marginalized in our community and meet the needs of our community.

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.


Board Spotlight

St. James Infirmary welcome Shannon Amitin, JM Jaffe
and Joaquin Remora to the board.

Shannon Amitin
JM Jaffee
JM Jaffe
Joaquin Remora

From the Therapist’s Office

Corrie Varga
Corrie Varga, Mental Health Team Leader
The mental health program at St James continues to thrive and expand as we hear from our participants over and over how meaningful it is to receive mental health care that affirms their experiences as sex workers. In a survey conducted this fall, 95% of participants enrolled in the mental health program say that from our services they feel more confident, have learned harm reduction strategies to stay safer, and believe they can better cope with stress in order to achieve their goals.

This year we celebrated the licensure achievements of two of our staff, Avital Wolf-Prusan who became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in April, and Kristel Peterson who just became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker! As demand for our therapy grows, we find ourselves pivoting away from providing wrap-around clinical case management in order to focus on being able to provide more 1:1 counseling appointments. Our former clinical case manager, Avital, is in the process of transitioning their case-load to therapy services and we are grateful to have Trans Home SF on-site where we can refer our community members looking for housing case management.

Corrie Varga, Mental Health Team Leader



Outreach and HIV teams

Hieeee everybody! It’s me Celestina and I’m back with another Notes from the Naughty Nurse Mobile! So much has been going on!

First-off, I’d like to say that we will be adding another outreach worker/driver. This will allow us to continue expanding our late-night outreach to go out on the streets more nights. We got a new grant from the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women to allow us to partner with Safehouse to support trans and CIS sex workers with housing. We are excited about this and hard at work getting this program set up and beginning to implement this. Thank you so much to James Burch and Toni Newman!

Some very exciting news for me personally is that I finally finished the sex worker safety zine that I’ve been working on! It’s called Red Umbrella Rides and it’s bilingual English/Spanish with several fabulously brilliant contributors of art, poetry, articles and comics all about sex worker safety and community. We are distributing it on the street, to the strip clubs and wherever we can get it to sex workers. We even gave some out in collaboration with Rad Mission Neighbor’s free laundry day recently. We plan to offer it for sale on our website and free to sex workers. So please inquire if you’re interested!

As usual, we continue to do our outreach every Tuesday night in the Mission and Polk St. We love connecting with and supporting our communities of sex workers. The young femme spectrum folks in the Mission and the trans women/girls around former Diva’s are fierce fashionistas and often recognize and remember us as we chat and compliment them on their looks! We love the work we do and continue to work hard to serve our communities.

Thanks for all the ways y’all keep supporting us especially our rockstar volunteers!



SJI Equity Campaign for Sex Workers and Transgender People of Color

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 at


Our Trans Home SF

Our Trans Home SF is a new-found transitional housing program for age 25 years old and over TGNC community, Trans Home SF program is unique as it is the first of its kind in the nation!

Our team is currently in place and working hard to guarantee that Trans Home SF is a success. If you or anyone you know is interested in being a participant with Trans Home SF, you can email our team at contacts below.

Camdyn Carter

Jessy D Santos (Bilingual)

Matthew Paden

Please view our website
at or
call us at



Dennison Williams, IT Manager
Dennison Williams, IT Manager
SJI is excited to announce that we will be rolling out our own in-house implementation of OpenEMR as an electronic medical records system. This is a solution that the organization has been waiting for for the past 20 years and will help us provide continuity of participant care from multiple providers over time without compromising their safety by not sharing information with the city or others unauthorized. By building on top of an open source solution we have decreased the total cost of ownership of the system since maintenance of the project is managed for free by an active community of developers. This model of development also prevents the organization from being locked into a contract with any one specific vendor as there are many developers from the OpenEMR community that are available to resolve bugs and add features. Hosting the system in-house allows us to use strong encryption to prevent unauthorized access to the system and participant data, even in a police raid/server seizure scenario. Most importantly, integration with SF DPH's laboratory will allow us to start our own PrEP program. After 9 months of custom development we are ready to start rolling out our custom implementation of OpenEMR in phases starting with our Thursday STRIDE clinic. Thank you to everyone who has provided feedback and support towards this effort!

Dennison Williams, IT Manager


Volunteer Recruitment

Interested in helping out? Do you have Clinic experience, Healthcare related skills or amazing ideas on ways you want to help serve our Community? Can you commit to 6–10 hours a month (includes shifts and monthly volunteer meeting)? Join our team of dedicated volunteers in providing to the sex worker community.

St. James Infirmary prioritizes people with experience in the sex trades in the volunteer program; We welcome allies to apply, with the understanding that St. James Infirmary is a peer-based clinic.

To join our team and register for a mandatory volunteer orientation submit an online application in english or spanish. If you would like a printable .pdf or word version of our application e-mail our community engagement coordinator at

Volunteer Orientations are approximately once a quarter. This means it could take up to 3 months before we follow up with you so, please be patient with us. We do our best to get back to people in a timely manner, but our resources are limited. If you have submitted an application and do not hear from us within 3 months, please let us know.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Admin/Data Entry Assistant
  • Community Room Assistant
  • Licensed Medical Clinicians
  • Syringe Access Assistants
  • Registration Assistant
  • Community Outreach Worker
  • Certified Massage Therapist
  • Intake/Peer Counselor

Researchers and Interns
If you are interested in conducting an interview or research project, or completing a student internship with St. James Infirmary, please e-mail our community engagement coordinator at

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Workshops

Knuckle Sandwich: Self Defense 101



With Ifn Whendy. In this class you will learn how to strike and block, escape various holds and restraints and how to cause the most damage to your assailant with the least amount of force. Taking on a tough subject with humor, inclusivity & sass.

Facebook event page Click Here.

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This workshop, a collaboration between St. James and TAJA’s Coalition, helps folks fill out paperwork for name and/or gender change court orders, the first and often most complicated step in changing the name and/or gender markers on identity documents and records, including driver’s licenses, passports, Social Security cards, birth certificates, and USCIS documents.

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All workshops are open to current and former sex workers. RSVP for location at 415-554-8494 ext 109 or

After the workshop, consider staying for dinner during St. James’ Wednesday night Drop-in services 5:30–8:30pm featuring medical services, peer counseling, STI/HIV testing and counseling, holistic services (acupuncture or massage), clothing, hygiene supplies, safer sex supplies and other harm reduction supplies. Open to all current and former sex workers and their current partners.

Have an idea for a workshop or want to volunteer to lead one? Please contact Anita at or call 415-554-8494

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Thursday, December 19th, 5pm–7:30pm
at 730 Polk Street near Ellis, 4th Floor SF

Food, gifts, music, drag & burlesque performances!

In honor of International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers,
there will be an altar to honor sex workers lost this year.

All current/former sex workers and their partners and families are welcome.

For more information please contact Durt
at 415-554-8494 ext 109 or or

December 17th, International Day to <br>End Violence Against Sex Workers


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