Clinic Run by, for Sex Workers May Lose Lease
By Chloe Lessard
In early fall of 2015, St. James Infirmary announced that their building, located right around the corner from Twitter at 1372 Mission St., was up for sale and the new landlord did not intend to renew their lease for 2016. The nonprofit, described as the only sex worker clinic run by and for sex workers, and their neighbor, TGI Justice, are currently seeking a new home in San Francisco, where they hope to continue offering comprehensive health care and other services to their community. Founded in partnership with the San Francisco Department of Public Health 16 years ago, St. James strives to offer a safe place for people who might feel uncomfortable seeking care elsewhere. In this video, Executive Director of St. James Stephany Ashley and Harm Reduction Counselor Nikki Witt weigh in on St. James and the upcoming move. Dr. Susan Philip, director of Disease Prevention and Control for the SFDPH, also reflects on the clinic’s role and building a healthy San Francisco.